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BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW 



VOLUME XXI 



CONTAINING LIFE SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF 

STRAFFORD AND BELKNAP 

COUNTIES 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 



"Biography is the home aspect of history' 



BOSTON 

Biographical Review Publishing Company 

1897 



ATLANTIC STATES SERIES OF BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEWS. 



The V 



oliimcs issuL'fl ill tliis slmIcs up to date are the following: 



I. Otsego Couniv, Nkw York. 

II. Madison County, New York. 

III. Broome County, New York. 

IV. Columbia County, New York. 
V. Cayuca County, New York. 

VI. Delaware County, New Ydrk. 

\ll. Livingston ANn W'ydmini; Couniiks, 

New York. 

VI 11. Clinton and E^.sex Counties, New York. 

IX. IIami'uen County, Massachusetts. 

X. Franklin County, Massachusetts. 

XI. Hampshire County, Massachuseits. 

.\11. 1,1 1 CH field County, Connecticut. 



XIII. York County, Maine. 

XIV. CUMIiERLAND CoUNTY, MaINE. 

XV. Oxford and Franklin Counties, 
Maine. 
XVI. Cumberland County, New Jersey. 

XVII. Rockingham County, New Hamp- 
shire. 

.X\'II1. Plymouth County, Ma.ssachusetts. 
XIX. Camden and Buri.ingt.in Counties, 
New Jersey. 
XX. Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and 
W'aluo Counties, Maine. 

XXI. SiRAFFORD and BeI.KNAI' CkIINTIES, 

New Ha.mpshire. 



.Notk. — /Vll the biographical slietches puljlishetl in this volume were submitted to their respective subjects or to the sub- 
scriber.<, from whom the facts were primarily obtained, for their approval or correction before going to press ; and a reasonable 
time was allowed in each case for the return of the typewritten copies. Most of ihein were returned to us within the time allotteil. 
or before ihe work was printed, after being corrected or revised; and these may therefore be regarded as reasonably accurate. 

A few, however, were not returned to lis; and, as we have no means of knowing whether they contain errors or not, wr 
camiot vouch for their accuracy. In justice to our readers, and to render this work more valuable for reference purposes, we Iiuvl 
indicated the.se uncorrected sketches by a small asterisk (*), placed imniediate'y after the name of the subject. They will all be 
found on the last pages of the book. 



July, 1S97. 



H. R. I'Vli. CO. 






PREFACE. 



HAVING labored with dilig'cnce and with the liclp of many hands, as is needful 
in tliis fast-going-, news-lo\-ing, novelty-producing age, availing ourselves of 
the material kindlv pi iced at our disposal by our patrons in StrafTord and 
lielknap Counties, representative citizens of New Hampshire, whose cordial co-opera- 
tion has made the work possible, we are happy to announce the completion of another 
Biographical Remew, the twenty-first yolume in our Atlantic States Series, whose 
puljlication we began a few years since, have carried on without intermission, and 
are still continuing. 

The local biographer supplements the work of the town and county historian, 
and lights up with living interest the dry names and dates dear to the genealogist, 
while freely conceding to the census enumerator the palm for longer schedules. 
W'ell-born, (jf reputable ancestry, sprung, some of them, from early colonists of two 
hundred, yes, even of two hundred and sixty years ago — ior Dover, it must Ije 
remembered, was the first permanent settlement in the State — the persons whose 
life stories are here outlined have earned the right to be commemorated. The 
accounts here given are of used talents and opportunities, of industry, energy, and 
enterprise, far-reaching and to good ends, not of slothfulness, not of selfishness, 
knavery, and greed, but of fair dealing, of public spirit, i}atriotism, self-sacrifice. 
Some attention has been given to tracing lines of descent and kinship, interesting 
in themselves and often valuable as showing the transmission of both, physical ami 
mental traits. Every wise generation does its own work in its own way, and, writmg 
its own records, leayes its reputation and its example as a legacy to posterity. 




JOHN J. MORRILL. 



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OLONEL JOHN J. MOR- 
RILL, late an esteemed 
resident of Gilford, N. H., 
was a citizen well known in 
public life, for many years 
an influential factor in the 
State politics. A son of 
Barnard Morrill, he was 
born in Gilford, on August 
3, 1816; and he died in the same house and 
the same room on January 20, 1892. 

Abraham Morrill, who at an early date 
settled in Amesbury, Mass., was the immi- 
grant founder of the family in New England. 
Barnard Morrill, father of John J., came from 
Brentwood, N.H., to Gilmanton, now Gilford, 
which had then but few inhabitants. By occu- 
pation a tanner and shoemaker, he became a 
prominent citizen, and in the years that fol- 
lowed held all the important offices within the 
gift of his townsmen, being Selectman and 
Justice of the Peace many years. While a Jus- 
tice of the Peace, he sat on a majority of the 
trials held, and he also devoted considerable 
time to other legal duties. He married 
March 23, 1809, Judith Morrison, daughter of 
Jonathan Morrison, a Revolutionary soldier, 
who was a descendant of a New England pio- 
neer. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard Morrill had a 
son, John J., and two daughters — Rhoda and 
Sally. Rhoda Morrill married John Davis, a 
resident of what is now Lakeport, N. H., who 
was at one time agent for the Lake Company, 
and was also associated as a partner with B. J. 



Cole at Lakeport, under the firm name of Cole 
& Davis. 

John J. Morrill attended the district school 
in his native town, and subsequently received 
the benefit of a few terms at Gilmanton Acad- 
emy and New Hampton Institution. He then 
studied under the tuition of Dudley Leavitt, 
who was well known as the originator of 
Leavitt's Fanners A/iiiaiiac. In this way 
Mr. Morrill acquired an unusually good edu- 
cation for his day. His principal business 
was tanning and the lumber trade. He was 
also engaged in farming. Energetic, ambi- 
tious, and capable, he was brought into jnib- 
lic notice, and was appointed on the staff of 
General VVadleigh of the old State militia, 
with the title of Colonel. He was agent of 
the town of Gilford for years, and handled its 
law suits and other important legal matters. 
He was a delegate to the Whig Convention in 
Baltimore in 1840, which nominated William 
Henry Harrison for the Presidency. The 
campaign which followed was one of the 
most exciting in the history of this country, 
and became known as the "log-cabin and hard 
cider " campaign, because the opponents of 
General Harrison undertook to bring up his 
past life against him. The Whig party, 
however, swept the country, and its candidates 
were triumphantly elected. Subsequent divi- 
sions among its adherents, owing to slavery 
becoming the leading issue, led to its dis- 
ruption; and, after electing Taylor in 1848, 
and failing to elect Scott in 1852, the North- 



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cm Wliii;s became Free Soilers and by 1856 
Republicans. Mr. Morrill took an active part 
in the exciting politics of the times, and was 
one of the influential factors in the organiza- 
tion of the Republican party in New Hamp- 
shire. He represented Gilford in the State 
legislature several years, and lie was a member 
of Governor Straw's Council in 1872 and 1873. 
His abilities soon brought him into wider 
notice; and as the opponent of General Mars- 
ton, one of New Hampshire's ablest men, he 
lacked but a few votes of receiving the nom- 
ination of Representative to Congress, a posi- 
tion that he was well qualified to fill. He was 
also a I'residential elector in 1876. About the 
time that he was proposed for Congress he was 
spoken of by many as a candidate for the gov- 
ernorship. Si.x years before his death he was 
stricken with paralysis, which was subsequently 
followed by a second and fatal attack on the 
morning of January 20, 1892. Mrs. Nancy 
Sanborn Morrill, his wife, taught school sev- 
eral terms before their marriage. She was 
born on January 27, 18 19, in 15rentwood, N.H. 
Her parents afterward removed to Gilford, 
where her father, Mesech Sanborn, was for 
many years a prominent citizen. They had 
three children, namely: Stark; John Barnard, 
who was born December 26, 1849, and died 
July 20, 1852; and John B., who is now the 
only survivor. Stark, born on December 9, 
1846, died on June 8, 1880. He was educated 
in the district school and at New Hampton In- 
stitution, and for several years before his death 
was associated with his father in carrying on 
the tannery. He was a capable and successful 
business man. 

John B. , the youngest child, was born on 
November 11, 1854. He attended the district 
schools of Gilford and the high school in what 
is now Laconia, then studied with S. C. Kim- 
ball, A.M., a noted tutor, who was at that 



time pastor of the Free Baptist church in Gil- 
ford. He fitted for Bates College, but went 
instead to Dartmouth, and was graduated in 
the class of 1879, taking the degree of Bach- 
elor of Science in Chandler Scientific Course, 
and is permanent Secretary of his class. It 
was his intention to take a com]3lete course in 
civil engineering, but the illness of his brother 
and an accidijnt to himself interfered; and re- 
turning home he took up his father's business, 
lumbering, real estate, and farming. He has 
given considerable attention to stock-raising, 
trading in cattle to a large extent. Of late 
years he has taken many premiums for fancy 
teams exhibited at fairs. He keeps Hereford 
stock principally. 

On November 9, 1882, Mr. Morrill married 
Miss Mary S. Rowe, a daughter of Simon 
Rowe, of Gilford. She completed her educa- 
tion at New Hampton Literary Institution, 
and was a teacher before her marriage. 

Mr. Morrill has always adhered to the Re- 
publican principles loved by his father. He 
was at the last Constitutional Convention held 
in 1889, and is a member of the Republican 
State Central Committee. In 1895-96 he 
represented the town of Gilford in the New 
Hampshire legislature. The past three years 
he has been Chairman of the Board of Select- 
men, and has held various minor town offices. 
Since the organization of the Gilford Public 
Library he has been one of the Board of 
Trustees. 




ENRY KIMBALL, attorney and coun- 
sellor-at-law, and superintendent of 
the public schools of Rochester, 
N. H., was born in Shapleigh, Me., December 
14, 18331 son of Daniel S. and Love (Wilson) 
Kimball. His father was born in North Ber- 
wick, Me., May 24, 1804, and his mother in 
Shapleigh, April 17, 1806. 



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Daniel S. Kimball was reared to agricult- 
ural pursuits, and the active period of his life 
was spent in tilling the soil of a good farm in 
his native town. A prosperous farmer and a 
useful citizen, he gained by his upright Chris- 
tian character the sincere esteem of his fellow- 
townsmen. He died April 28, 18S2; and his 
wife died May 2, 1893. Both were members 
of the Congregational church, the father act- 
ing as Deacon for many years. 

Henry Kimball prepared for college at the 
Maine Wesleyan Seminary, and was graduated 
at Bowdoin College with the class of 1863. 
His legal studies were pursued under the 
direction of his uncle, Increase S. Kimball, 
of Sanford, Me. ; and he was admitted to the 
York County (Maine) bar, June 30, 1866. 
He remained with his uncle for three years, 
and in 1869 settled in Rochester, where he has 
since resided. Teaching school was a favorite 
occupation in his younger days, and his in- 
terest in educational matters has never been 
allowed to die out. In connection with his 
law practice he has occupied his present posi- 
tion of superintendent of the public schools in 
this city, with the exception of a few short 
intervals, since 1871. 

Politically, Mr. Kimball supports the Re- 
publican party, but has never taken an active 
part in politics, excepting such as pertains to 
educational interests. 



-AMES D. HARTLETT, senior member 
of the firm Bartlett & Smith, con- 
tractors and builders of Meredith, and 
an ex-member of the New Hampshire legis- 
lature, was born July 27, 1833, in Centre Har- 
bor, N. H., son of Samuel G. and Sally (Rowe) 
Bartlett. His great-grandfather was Abiel 
Bartlett, son of Adam Bartlett, who was a 
native of Beverly, Mass. Abiel Bartlett re- 



sided in Deerfield, N. H.,and died in 1816, 
aged sixty-five years. The maiden name of 
his wife was Margaret Goodhue, and his chil- 
dren were: Abiel, John G., Joseph, Moses, 
and Mary Jane. James D. Bartlett, the 
grandfather, was born in Deerfield. During 
his active jieriod he cultivated farms in Mere- 
dith and Centre Harbor, and was one of the 
stirring agriculturists of his day. In politics 
a Democrat, he served as a Selectman in 
Centre Harbor, and died January 5, 1861. 
He married Olive Libbey, daughter of Sheriff 
Libbey, of VVolfboro, N.H. 

Samuel G. Bartlett, father of James D. 
Bartlett, born in Meredith, March 2, 1807, 
learned the trades of a carpenter and mill- 
wright, which he afterward followed for ten 
years. Then he bought a farm in Centre Har- 
bor, where he resided for the rest of his life. 
He voted with the Democratic party; and, 
although not an aspirant for office, he was 
Supervisor and a member of the School Com- 
mittee a number of years. He died July 22, 
1896. His wife, Sally, who was born in Gil- 
ford, N.H., October 20, 1803, daughter of 
Ezekiel Rowe, became the mother of eight 
children, six of whom attained maturity. 
These were: James D., the subject of this 
sketch; Elizabeth R., wJio married Charles P. 
Leavitt, of Meredith, and is now deceased; 
Lucinda, who married John R. McCrillis, of 
Centre Harbor; Emily Jane, who is the wife 
of Jonathan Fox, of the same town; Josiah R., 
who resides in Centre Harbor; and Arvilla 
R., now deceased, who became the wife of 
Joseph Howard, of Northfield, Mass. The 
mother died August 23, 1857. Both parents 
were members of the Free Baptist church, and 
the father was one of its choristers for many 
years. 

James D. Bartlett acquired a public-school 
education in his native town. At the age of 



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seventeen he went to Lowell, Mass., and there 
served an apprenticeship of three years at the 
mason's trade. Having become well ac- 
quainted with brick-laying and plastering, he 
was for two seasons engaged as a journeyman 
in Boston and for the same length of time in 
Manchester, N.H. In 1S58 he settled in 
Meredith, where he did general mason work 
until 1 88 1. He then formed a partnership 
with his present associate, and is now doing 
quite an extensive contracting and building 
business both in New Hampshire and Ver- 
mont. He was Chief of Police for two years, 
and at the head of the fire department for the 
.same length of time. He served for four years 
as inspector of the check list; and he wras 
elected to the New Hampshire House of Rep- 
resentatives in 1886, in which he served on 
tlio Committee on Fisheries and Game. 

On March i, 1856, Mr. Bartlett married 
Lydia R. Hubbard, daughter of Rodney Hub- 
bard, of New London, N.H. He is a member 
of Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M. ; is Past 
Grand of Belknap Lodge, I. O. O. F. ; a 
member of Meredith Lodge, Knights of 
Pythias; and of Winnepesaukee Grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry. Mrs. Bartlett is con- 
nected with the Daughters of Rebecca. Both 
are members of the Free Baptist church. 




"IRAM SAWYER OSBORN, an ex- 
tensive farmer of Rochester, was 
born in Loudon, N.H., March 26, 
1831, son of Green and Mehitabel (Barton) 
Osborn. The Osborn family in America is of 
English origin. The great-grandfather of 
Hiram S. was one of three Quaker emigrant 
brothers of that name, who came to this coun- 
try in the early days and settled in the Massa- 
chusetts colony, probably driven to this step 
by the persecution of non-conformists in the 



parent country. lilijah Osborn, the grand- 
father, was presumably born in Salem, Mass. 
After learning the trade of a potter, while 
still a young man, he removed to Loudon, 
N.H., and settled down on a farm, although he 
still continued to work at his trade. His re- 
ligious principles were those accepted by his 
Quaker forefathers. The maiden name of his 
wife was Margaret Green. 

Green Osborn, born in Loudon, N.H., son 
of Elijah and Margaret (Green) Osborn, after 
completing his education in the district 
schools of his native town, began to learn his 
father's trade of potter. This purpose he soon 
after abandoned, and turned his attention to 
the cultivation of his father's farm. When 
about forty years of age, he took up a farm in 
Pittsfield, N.H., and was thereafter occupied 
in its cultivation for the remainder of his life. 
He married Mehitabel Barton, of Pittsfield, 
and had a family of nine children, eight of 
whom attained maturity. They were: Eliza- 
beth Ann, now deceased, who married Hiram 
Walker, of Amesbury, Mass., also deceased; 
Charles B., deceased; Mary Jane, who married 
Nathaniel O. Sawyer, of Amesbury, Mass. ; 
Hiram Sawyer, the subject of this sketch, and 
the twin brother of Mary Jane; Margaret, who 
married George O. Harmon, of Haverhill, 
Mass., and is now a widow; Warren Gl, resid- 
ing in Dover, N.H.; Angeline A., who mar- 
ried Munroe Wiggins, of Haverhill, Mass. ; 
and David G., now living in Rochester. 
Although Green Osborn was a man of a retir- 
ing disposition, he served in some of the 
minor town offices. 

Hiram Sawyer Osborn received his educa- 
tion in the public schools of Loudon and Pitts- 
field, N. H., and of Ouincy, Mass. In 
Quincy, between the school sessions, he was 
employed by a wealthy quarry owner. After 
completing his education, he learned the car- 



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penter's trade, and thereafter followed it con- 
tinuously for more than forty years. In the 
year 1852 he went to California, and pro- 
spected for gold along the Yuba and Feather 
Rivers with a fair degree of success. After- 
ward he engaged in farming for a year and a 
half in the valley of the San Joaquin River, 
and worked at his trade for about one year. In 
1S61, after returning PZast, he bought the farm 
in Rochester, N.H., where he now resides. 
Although engaged in the cultivation of this 
farm for a period after, he devoted the larger 
share of his time anti attention to his trade, 
which developed into the business of a con- 
tractor and builder. Of late years, however, 
he has applied himself almost exclusively to 
agriculture. His farm contains one hundred 
and twenty acres or more. He makes a spe- 
cialty of milk, which he ships daily to Boston, 
Mass. Besides wintering some twenty head 
of cattle, he cuts from forty to fifty tons of hay 
annually. Intermittently, between 1865 and 
1885, Mr. Osborn taught plain and ornamental 
penmanship. He is a good penman to-day. 

The first of Mr. Osborn's two marriages was 
contracted with Nancy Jane Waldron, daughter 
of Benjamin Waldron, of Rochester. By her 
he became the father of two children, namely: 
Caroline J., who married George Whitehouse, 
of Dover, and is now deceased; and Annie B., 
who married Oliver M. Vickery, of Rochester. 
By his second marriage he was united to Mary 
E. Ham, of Rochester. She has borne him 
one daughter, Nellie F., who married John L. 
Foss, of Dover. In politics Mr. Osborn is a 
Republican. He enjoys an unusual share of 
the good will and confidence of the townsfolk, 
who have elected him to their Board of Select- 
men and to other public offices, and who would 
gladly place him in more important positions, 
could he spare the needful time from his per- 
sonal affairs. He is a Mason of Strafford 



Lodge, No. 29, of Dover. Taking an earnest 
interest in the Patrons of Husbandry, he is 
connected with Cocheco Grange, of which he 
is a Past Master, with E. N. H. Pomona 
Grange, the New Hampshire State Grange, 
and the National Grange. Successful through 
his industry and sterling worth, Mr. Osborn 
is highly esteemed in Rochester. 




ILLIS P. EMERSON, one of the 
most energetic young business men 
in Alton, was born in this town, 
November 13, 1866, son of Charles P. and 
Ellor J. (Jones) Emerson. His grandfather, 
William Emerson, came to Alton over a hun- 
dred years ago, and was engaged in trade here 
for the greater part of his life. William lived 
to be about eighty-two years old; and his 
wife, whose maiden name was Susan Rollins, 
died at the age of eighty-six years. They 
reared si.x sons; namely, Walter G. C, Seth 
R. , Lewis, Charles P., Chester B. , and Smith. 
Walter was a merchant in West Alton; Seth 
resided in Alton; Smith was in early life a 
trader in this town and later station agent in 
Dover, N.H. All except Smith married and 
reared families. Chester B. is the only one 
now living. 

Charles P. I'lmerson, father of Willis P., 
was born in Alton, September 16, 1823. 
When a young man he started a mercantile 
business at Alton Bay, and afterward for sev- 
eral years had a large and profitable trade. At 
a later date he engaged in the manufacture of 
shocks. Business reverses came upon him sud- 
denly with disastrous effect; and he died May 
30, 1882. He was an upright, conscientious 
man, and an exceedingly progressive business 
man, whose enterprises were very beneficial 
to the community; and his untimely death 
was generally deplored. Politically, he was a 



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Republican, and his business ability naturally 
led him into prominence in public affairs. 
He was twice elected a Representative to the 
legislature, and for over twenty years he was 
Postmaster of Alton Hay. He married Ellor 
J. Jones, daughter of James N. Jones, of Al- 
ton, and became the father of two children, 
namely: Mary Belle, who died at the age of 
twenty-one; and Willis P., the subject of this 
sketch. 

Willis P. Emerson acquired a good practical 
education. But sixteen years old when his 
father died, his only inheritance was a busi- 
ness overwhelmingly in debt. The task of 
liquidating the many claims upon his father's 
old store was enough to discourage a much 
older and experienced person. However, the 
youth went earnestly to work at it, and the 
result attained will long remain a bright spot 
in the memory of the townspeople. By the 
closest attention to business and the exercise 
of the most rigid economy young Emerson 
gradually lessened the debts left upon his 
shoulders, until all the creditors were satisfied 
in full. The business which he so nobly and 
perseveringly reclaimed is now in a most 
flourishing condition. Modestly, but emphat- 
ically, he declares that his mother's guiding 
hand did more toward retrieving the fallen 
fortunes of the family than did his own 
efforts. Those who were in a position to 
know, however, do not hesitate to assert that 
a case has never come within their observa- 
tion in which a youth without business ex- 
perience displayed so much real energy and 
determination and, above all, such a steadfast 
adherence to the principles of integrity. 

Since entering mercantile life Mr. Emer- 
son has rapidly advanced in prosperity, as 
might be expected from a man of his character 
and progressive tendencies. He carries on a 
well-stocked store, receives a large share of 




patronage, and is a popular as well as a suc- 
cessful merchant. In politics he is a Repub- 
lican, and he served with ability as Postmaster 
for four years. He is a member of Winnepe- 
saukee Lodge, No. 75, A. F. & A. M. ; and of 
Cocheco Lodge, No. 28, Knights of Pythias, 
of Alton. 

OHN F. CLOUTMAN, a leading shoe 
manufacturer of Strafford County and 
an esteemed resident of Farmington, 
was born in New Durham, this county, De- 
cember 27, 1 83 1, son of John F. and Patience 
T. (Edgerly) Cloutman. The family origi- 
nated with three brothers, who came from Scot- 
land, and respectively settled in Conway, 
N.H., Portsmouth, N.H., and Maine. John 
F. Cloutman, Sr. , was a carpenter by trade, 
and also followed the occupation of farmer. 
The early years of his life were spent in New 
Durham and his last years in Rochester. He 
married Patience T. Edgerly in New Durham. 
Of thei'r nine children, three are living: John 
F., the subject of this sketch; James A., of 
Farmington; and Ellen F., the wife of E. I). 
Seymour, of Lynn, Mass. The father died in 
Memphis, Tenn., at the age of forty-seven, of 
congestion of the brain. 

John F. Cloutman received but a limited 
amount of schooling. After reaching his 
majority, he took up the shoe business, first 
learning to cut shoes. At the age of twenty- 
two he set up in business for himself at Farm- 
ington in a small way. This humble begin- 
ning has since developed into bis present 
prosperous business. P'or twent)'-three years, 
commencing in 1S71, he manufactured for 
Wallace Elliott & Co., of New York, medium 
grades of children's, women's, and misses' 
shoes. At the present time he gives employ- 
ment to about one hundred hands, whose 
weekly pay-roll takes about a thousand dollars; 



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and he sells mostl}' to Boston jobbers. Mr. 
Cloutman built the factory in which Wallace 
Elliott & Co. do business at the present time 
in Farmington. He has been twice married, 
on the first occasion to Amanda M. Davis, of 
Alton, who died in 1868, leaving no children. 
His present wife, whose maiden name was 
lijla E. Kimball, is a native of Bradford, 
Mass. They have two children: Nellie A., 
who is book-keeper for her father; and John 
F- Cloutman, Jr. 

In politics Mr. Cloutman has remained 
faithful to the Democratic views since his 
majority. The first office to which he was 
elected was that of Representative to the State 
legislature for the year 1 861-62. fie was 
Town Treasurer and Moderator for a number 
of years, and State Senator for two years, 1876 
and 1S77. Of the Town Committee, com- 
posed of J. E. Fernald, Alonzo Nute, and Mr. 
Cloutman, that built the Opera House, he is 
the only survivor. He is a prominent Mason, 
belonging to Fraternal Lodge, F. & A. M. ; 
Columbian Chapter, R. A. M.; and Palestine 
Commandery, K. T., of Rochester. For si.\ 
years he was Master of his lodge. He is also 
a member of Woodbine Lodge and Mad River 
Encampment, I. O. O. F. ; and of New Hamp- 
shire Grange, of which he was Master for 
one year. The family attended the Baptist 
church. 




'ON. SAMUEL BAILEY SMITH, 
Mayor of Laconia, and an ex-member 
of the New Hampshire legislature, 
was born in West Newbury, Essex County, 
Mass., May 11, 1837, son of Moses and Mary 
A. (Bailey) Smith. On the father's side he 
is descended from one of three brothers, who 
emigrated to this country from England. His 
parents, who were prosperous farming people 
of West Newbury, are no lortger living. They 



reared a family of seven children, two of whom 
are residing in Dedham, Mass; three in West 
Newbury, Mass; one in Merrimac, Mass; and 
Samuel Bailey, the subject of this sketch, in 
Laconia for the past thirty-four years. 

After completing his education at Phillips 
Andover Academy, Samuel Ikiiley Smith en- 
tered on his business career. He was first 
employed in the cutting-room of a shoe manu- 
factory. Later he had charge of a dry-goods 
and clothing store in Lawrence, Mass. In 
the spring of 1862 he came to Laconia, antl 
formed a partnership with A. G. P'olsom, 
under the firm name of Folsom & Smith. 
This concern carried on the dry-goods and 
clothing business until 1869, when I\Ir. Smith 
bought the interest of his partner, and con- 
tinued the business at the old quarters in Fol- 
som ]?lock, but sulisequently leasing the two 
other stores comprising the remainder of the 
block. In 1882 he sold his business to the 
Lougee Brothers. He has been engaged in 
the real estate business here since 1875, fre- 
quently taking an active part in securing 
public improvements. He was a promoter and 
one of the largest subscribers to the stock of 
the Laconia Street Railway Company. In 
1885 he built the Smith Block, erected a five- 
tenement block on Beacon Street in 1876, 
built a three-story business rind tenement 
block at the comer of Beacon and Mill Streets 
in 18S7, and in 1892 enlarged and remodelled 
the Tucker House, dividing it into seventeen 
tenements with modern improvements. Prom- 
inently identified with financial matters for a 
prolonged period, he has been a Trustee of the 
Laconia Savings Bank and a Director of the 
People's Bank since its incorporation. 

In June, 1869, Mr. Smith was united in 
marriage with Ada A. Folsom, youngest 
daughter of A. G. Folsom, of Laconia, and 
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the ilaughters is married; and his son, James 
S., is now employed at the People's Bank. 
In politics Mr. Smith is a Republican, and 
has advocated the principles of that party since 
he became a voter. Although he has never 
sought for public office, his business ability 
and knowledge of finance make him especially 
competent for the discharge of its duties. 
When elected a member of the School Board, 
he declined to serve. He subsequently ac- 
cepted a seat in the City Council. While in 
this body he was its Chairman for most of the 
time, and was Chairman of the Committee 
on Sewers under the old town government. 
Seeking to have municipal work carried on as 
economically as possible, he succeeded in 
keeping the departments over which he pre- 
sided within the limit of their respective 
appropriations. In 1895 he was elected 
Mayor, and the good results expected of his 
administration of that office have been fully 
realized. While a member of the House of 
Representatives in 1889-90, he served upon 
the Committees on Banks and Labor; and he 
was closely connected with the building of 
the State Normal School in Plymouth. 



/^^TeORGE E. DURGIN, Clerk of the 
\^J Supreme Court at Dover, N.H., has 
held this position for a score of years, 
and during the time has discharged the duties 
connected with it with .such eminent ability 
and fidelity as to command the respect and win 
the confidence of all concerned. He was born 
May 13, 1 83 1, in the adjacent town of Mad- 
bury, a son of Walter and Hannah (Woodman) 
Durgin. 

Walter Durgin was a native of Strafford 
County, born January 30, 1801, and was reared 
to farming pursuits, an occupation in which, 
in conjunction with carpentering, he was en- 



gaged during his active life. In 1856 he 
removed to Pipping, Rockingham County, pur- 
chasing a farm on which he spent his declining 
days. He died September 17, 18S1, in his 
eighty-first year. In politics he was a sound 
Democrat, clear-headed, capable, and always 
faithful to his trust. He frequently served as 
Moderator of town meetings, was a Selectman 
several terms, and later was on the Board of 
County Commissioners. He is remembered 
as a man of many sterling qualities, who 
enjoyed the esteem and confidence of all who 
knew him. His wife, also a native of this 
county, lived to the venerable age of fourscore 
and two years, passing away December 12, 
1 891. The parental household included five 
children, all sons, namely: George E. , the 
subject of this biographical sketch; Charles 
C, who died December 20, 1861; John A., 
who died November 8, 1884, at Providence, 
R.I., where he was superintendent of locomo- 
tive works; Henry S. , who died while in ser- 
vice during the late Civil War, August 14, 
1863, at -Cairo, 111.; and Walter Frank, now 
living on the old homestead in Epping, N.H. 
George E. Durgin remained with his parents 
on the home farm until eighteen years old, 
obtaining his elementary education in the dis- 
trict schools. In the shoe business he worked 
diligently until he had saved one hundred dol- 
lars, when he began fitting himself for the 
position of a teacher, studying at a private 
school in Lee, N.H. He subsequently taught 
school winters in the towns of Lee, Madbury, 
Rochester, and Barrington, this State, and 
West Newbury, Mass., for fifteen years, and 
worked at farming in the summers, making his 
home in Lee, where he was one of the board 
for examining teachers. During this time 
Mr. Durgin held different local public offices. 
In 1871 and 1872 he served in the State legis- 
lature; and in 1874, having been appointed 





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Repjistrar of Probate of Strafford County, he 
removed with his family to Dover, where he 
has since resided. Two years later Mr. Dur- 
gin was appointed to his present position, in 
which he is giving universal satisfaction. He 
is ju.stly held in esteem by all who know him, 
being a man of strict integrity, and is often 
called upon to serve in important financial 
matters. He has probably settled more estates 
than any other person in the city, and at times 
has held the guardianship of as many as a 
dozen minors and pensioners at once. 

On April 18, 1854, Mr. Durgin married 
Miss Lydia Ann, daughter of David and Betsey 
Mathes, of Lee, N.H. Mrs. Durgin was a 
woman of fine character, dee]ily imbued with a 
religious spirit, and an active worker in the 
Advent Christian Church of Dover, whose 
house of worship was erected and freed from 
debt largely through her efforts. She was 
noted for her benevolence and generous hospi- 
tality, her house and home being ever open to 
preacher and layman, and to the poor and des- 
titute as well as to those of affluence and 
influence; and her death, which occurred 
August 5, 1893, was a severe loss to her 
friends and to the community. One who had 
been acquainted with Lydia A. Mathes in 
"her school days, when a pupil of one of the 
best teachers this country ever knew, Moses 
A. Cartland, of Walnut Grove School, Lee, 
N.H.," who was a cousin of the poet Whittier, 
thus wrote of her: "From him whom she so 
admired she caught her deep spiritual insight 
and feeling which found its outlet in a formal 
profession of religious faith in the doctrines 
of the Advent Christian church at Lee in 
1854, the year of her marriage. F^rom that 
day until the day of her death she never fal- 
tered or grew faint in well doing. Her relig- 
ion was real and aggressive. Her thought by 
day and her dream by night was how best to 



serve her Master. Gifted as a school girl 
with a voice of peculiar power and jiersuasion, 
she became gifted in prayer and h)'mn ; and for 
thirty-nine years that voice edified and made 
strong many fainting, doubting hearts, and 
cheered and sustained many a discouraged mis- 
sionary and preacher." 

Mr. and Mrs. Durgin had but one child, 
Ella Gertrude, who remains with her father. 
Politically, Mr. Durgin is an adherent of the 
Democratic party, and, religiously, is a firm be- 
liever in the teachings of the Advent Christian 
church. 




UjLMER STEPHEN TILTON, a manu- 
facturer of hosiery in Tilton, but a 
resident of Laconia, Belknap Coun- 
ty, N.H., was born in Laconia, October 11, 
1869, son of George H. and Marietta (Rand- 
lett) Tilton. 

His grandfather, Joseph S. Tilton, a worthy 
representative of one of the old families, was 
a resident of Laconia, where he was one of the 
originators of the hosiery business, which he 
carried on successfully for many years. Dur- 
ing the Civil War he was P'irst Lieutenant, 
but served as Captain, of Company H, in the 
Twelfth New Hampshire Regiment, and was 
wounded at Chancellorsville. He married 
I?etsy Ham, who lived near Strafford, N.H.; 
and they had four children. Grandfather Til- 
ton died in 1S79. 

George H. Tilton, the father of P'lmer S., 
was formerly in the hosiery business in 
Laconia. In i8gi he removed the industry to 
Tilton, N.H., where he still manages it with 
excellent financial returns. He also served in 
the Rebellion, in Company D, Fourth New 
Hampshire Regiment. In the engagement 
before Petersburg, Va., he received a sun- 
stroke. His wife was a daughter of Osgood 
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families ill Ik-liiiniit, N.II. Airs. Tilton died 
when Elmer S., their only child, was but four 
years of age. Mr. Tilton was a Representa- 
tive to the legislature during 1891-92. 

Klmer S. Tilton was graduated at the 
Laconia High School in the class of 1887, and 
has since been associated in business with his 
father in Tilton. In politics Mr. Tilton affil- 
iates with the Republican party. He is a 
member of the Republican City Committee, 
and is reputed to be one of the hardest party 
workers in Ward Three. In 1894 he was de- 
feated in his candidacy as a Representative 
to the legislature by only si.x votes, and in 
1896 he was elected to the office. He is also 
one of the Auditors for Belknap County. 

In 1892 he was united in marriage with 
Lilian G., a daughter of E. B. Harrington, of 
this city. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer S. Tilton have 
two sons — Charles Henry and Elmer Har- 
rington. Fraternally, Mr. Tilton is a member 
of Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, F. & 
A. M. ; Union Royal Arch Chapter, No. 7, 
Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. ; and Mount Bel- 
knap Lodge, No. 20, K. P. — all of Laconia. 
He is also a thirty-second degree Mason, being 
a member of Edward A. Raymond Consistory, 
of Nashua, N. H. He also belongs to Aleppo 
Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Boston, Mass. 




^'"^ ' ' ILLARD T. SANBORN, the super- 
intendent of the Dover Water 
Works, was born September 26, 
1859, at South New Market (now Newfields), 
Rockingham County, this State. His father, 
Rufus Sanborn, a native of Epping, N.H., 
was there reared, and subsequently worked 
there as a mechanic. Moving to Rockingham 
County after his marriage, Rufus continued at 
his former occupation, and is still residing 
there, being now about seventy years old. He 



married Clara P. Paul, of South New Market, 
N.H., who died August 23, i860, after having 
been his faithful and devoted companion for 
many years. They were the parents of two 
children — Alice P. and Willard T. 

Willard T. Sanborn, who early showed a 
natural talent for mechanics, soon after gradu- 
ating from the district schools, was sent by 
his parents to the Institute of Technology in 
Boston. Here he took a full course in the 
mechanical department, spending his vaca- 
tions in a machine shop. On leaving the in- 
stitute, he served an apprenticeship in a 
machine shop, becoming an efficient machin- 
ist. Mr. Sanborn then secured a position as 
fireman on the Boston & Maine Railroad. 
About a year later, July 24, 18S0, he was ap- 
pointed engineer on the same road, remaining 
in that capacity until January, 1886. He was 
then offered, and he accepted, the responsible 
position of superintendent of the Dover Gas 
Light Company at Dover, an office which he 
filled to the utmost satisfaction of the com- 
pany for seven years. On March i, 1S94, he 
assumed charge of the city water-works of 
Dover, of which he is still the superintendent, 
his management being strongly characterized 
by good judgment and skill. 

On March 17, 1S86, Mr. Sanborn married 
Miss Emma J. Manson, of Boston, a daughter 
of John T. and Mary J. (Sawyer) Manson. 
He is identified with the Republican party, 
being one of the most ardent advocates of its 
principles. He was a member of the Common 
Council in 1890 and 1891, serving in the 
latter year as President of the Board; and in 
1892 and 1893 he was an Alderman, represent- 
ing Ward Two. Besides being a Knight of 
Pythias, he is prominently connected with the 
Masonic order, in which he has attained the 
thirty-second degree, and belongs to the Scot- 
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KORGE H. BROWN, M.D., of Gil- 
manton, where he is ii popular and 
successful physician, is a native of 
Haverhill, Mass.,. born April 3, 1S53. He is 
a son of Horace and Valeria (Clarke) Brown, 
and a grandson of Ebenezer Brown. The 
latter, who was a resident of Sanbornton, 
N. H., and carried on farming on a large scale, 
served as a Major in the War of 18 12, was 
prominent in the State militia, represented 
Sanbornton in the New Hampshire legislature, 
and served acceptably in some town offices. 
He married Susan Taylor, who belonged to an 
old family of Sanbornton, and who bore him 
three children — Jonathan C, Theodocia, and 
Horace. Theodocia first married Eben Tay- 
lor, a merchant, by whom she had two chil- 
dren — Kate and Eveana. Eveana is now the 
widow of John P. Piper, and lives in New 
Hampton, N. H. For her second husband 
Theodocia married Charles Cawley, a large 
farmer of Sanbornton, by whom she has had no 
children. Horace Brown, the third child of 
his parents, after attending the schools of San- 
bornton and New Hampton, went into a mer- 
cantile business on his own account. Subse- 
quently he kept the American House in Haver- 
hill, Mass., for many years. From Haverhill 
he went to Boston, and there continued in the 
hotel business for some time longer. Then he 
returned to the homestead in Sanbornton, and 
engaged in farming. His wife, Valeria M., 
was a daughter of Archibald S. Clarke, a mer- 
chant of Sanbornton. They had two children 
— Ella A. and George H. Ella married Jere- 
miah L. Fogg, who is engaged in the meat 
business in Manchester, N.H. 

George H. Brown was, like his sister, a 
student of Tilton Seminary. After leaving 
school he engaged in the meat business in Bel- 
mont. Later he drove a stage between Gilman- 
ton and Tilton for two years, and tlien con- 



ducted a grocery store for an equal length of 
time. Influenced by his association with Dr. 
Wight, of Gilmanton, whose friendship he had 
acquired, he ga\'e up trade, and turned his 
attention to the study of medicine. After 
spending four years under Dr. Wight's tui- 
tion, he took a three years' course of medical 
lectures at Vermont University in Burlington, 
and there received his degree of Doctor of 
Medicine in 1882. Thereupon he entered 
upon his profession in association with Dr. 
Wight, and quickly made his way in the 
esteem of the public. Upon the latter's death 
Dr. Brown assumed entire charge of the prac- 
tice, which covers a circuit of some six miles 
around the village of Gilmanton. Much in- 
terested in horses, the Doctor acquired posses- 
sion of one which he recently sold for fifteen 
hundred dollars. He takes quite an active 
part in town affairs. He served as Town 
Clerk for three years, and was legislative Rep- 
resentative for two terms. 

On December 31, 1889, Dr. Brown married 
Miss Henrietta Orange, of Gilmanton. Her 
father, Henry S. Orange, a retired merchant 
of Gilmanton, had an extensive business in 
Lowell, Mass., for many years, and was a 
member of the city government. Dr. and 
Mrs. Brown have one child, George Clinton, 
now two years old. 



AMES ELBRIDGE LOTHROP, of 
Dover, N.H., is the head of the well- 
known family of Lothrops, whose senior 
members are leading business men in New 
Hampshire and in I^oston, Mass. He was 
born November 30, i82r5, in Rochester, Straf- 
ford County, N.H., son of Daniel and Sophia 
(Home) Lothrop. 

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than that about the middle of the sixteenth 
century he lived in Lowthorpe, Yorkshire, 
England. It is assumed that he derived his 
name, which signifies low field, from that 
of the town, in accordance with the practice 
of the time of distinguishing individuals by 
their paternity, birthplace, occupation, or 
some local feature associated with them. His 
son Thomas is known to have resided in Bur- 
ton Cherry and subsequently in I'Llton, and to 
have had two sons, John and Mark, who are 
believed to have been natives of the latter 
place. John, who was a minister of religion, 
after laboring at his sacred calling in Egerton, 
County Kent, for some time, became a non- 
conformist, and subsequently was pastor of the 
Separatist church established in Southwark, 
London. At a later date, after suffering im- 
prisonment for his religious opinions, the 
Rev. John Lothrop and his brother Mark came 
in the ship "Griffin" to this country; and he 
was pastor of the First Church in Scituate, 
Mass., in 1634, and of the First Church in 
Barnstable in 1639. 

After residing for short periods in Salem 
and Du.xbury, Mark settled permanently in 
Bridgewater, Mass., where he died in 1686. 
His son, Samuel Lothrop, a native of Bridge- 
water, married Sarah Downer, who had by 
him a son Mark, also a native of that place, 
born September 9, 1689. This Mark, who 
was one of the first settlers of Easton, Mass., 
and died there in 1777, married March 29, 
1722, Hannah Alden, a daughter of Deacon 
Joseph Alden, of Bridgewater, and a great- 
grand-daughter of John Alden, who came in 
the "Mayflower." Their son Jonathan, who 
was born in Bridgewater, March 11, 1723, and 
died in 1771, married on April 13, 1746, 
Susanna, a daughter of Solomon and Susanna 
(Edson) Johnson, of Bridgewater. Jonathan's 
son Solomon, the grandfather of the subject of 



this sketch, born in Easton, February g, 1761, 
was for some time a resident of Norton, Mass., 
where he died October 19, 1843. His wife, 
Mehitable, was a daughter of Cornelius White, 
of Taunton, Mass. 

Daniel Lothrop, son of Solomon and Mehit- 
able Lothrop, was born in Easton, Mass., Jan- 
uary 9, 1 801. In 1827 he removed to Roches- 
ter, N.H., and there bought a farm situated on 
Haven's Hill. At first he worked at his trade 
of stone mason. Subsequently he joined his 
sons in a clothing business in Dover, with 
branch houses in Rochester and Great Falls, 
under the firm name of Daniel Lothrop & Sons. 
He was much respected in Rochester, where 
he took a prominent part in public affairs. 
He was twice married. His first marriage was 
contracted October 16, 1825, with Sophia 
Home, daughter of Deacon Jeremiah Home, 
of Rochester. She was a descendant of Will- 
iam Home, who was one of the settlers of 
Dover in 1662, and who met his death in the 
massacre of June 28, 1689. Home's Hill, 
the estate left by him, is still in the posses- 
sion of the family. Another of Sophia's an- 
cestors was the Rev. Joseph Hull, a graduate 
of Cambridge University, England, who in 
1662 took up his residence in Durham, N.H. 
By his second marriage, which took place Sep- 
tember 24, 1S49, Daniel Lothrop was united 
to Mary E. Chamberlin. His children by 
both wives were: James Elbridge, the subject 
of this article; John Colby, born September 
12, 1828; Daniel, born August 11, 1831; 
Matthew Henry, born January i, 1S51; and 
Mary Sophia, born August 15, 1S53. The 
parents were members of the Methodist 
church. The father died May 31, 1870. 

James Elbridge Lothrop spent the first fif- 
teen years of his life on the Haven's Hill farm 
in Rochester. His early education was ac- 
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ter. In the summer he was usually employed 
on the farm. On the frequent occasions that 
Daniel Lothrop was obliged to be absent from 
home in the pursuit of his calling, the superin- 
tendence of the farm vvoriv was intrusted to 
James E. , as the eldest son. Among the 
duties that devolved on him in this way at the 
age of ten was that of taking loads of wood to 
Dover and making sale of them in the market- 
place. Having finished with the district 
school, he attended the Rochester and Straf- 
ford Academies for a short time. At the age 
of sixteen he taught for brief periods suc- 
cessively in a winter school and a private 
school in Rochester. 

In the following year, abandoning his pur- 
pose of pursuing a collegiate course, he went 
to Fall River, Mass., where his uncle, Jere- 
miah Home, besides attending to a lucrative 
medical practice, conducted a flourishing- 
drug store. Here, learning the drug business 
under his uncle's instruction, Mr. Lothrop 
passed two years, in the course of which lie 
also began to read medicine. Early in 1845 
he went home to Rochester; and in the 
autumn, upon a capital of three hundred dol- 
lars borrowed from his fatlier, he opened a 
drug store in Dover. A year later he gave it 
in charge to his brother, in order to be able 
to pursue his medical studies. He subse- 
quently attended the winter lectures at Jeffer- 
son Medical College, Philadelphia, and ob- 
tained his medical degree from that institution 
in 1848. His plan was to follow Mr. Home's 
example by uniting the practice of medicine 
to the dispensing of drugs. This he found 
impracticable soon after his return to Roches- 
ter, whereupon he devoted himself exclusively 
to the management of his store. 

At this time he took his brother Daniel into 
partnership, and they adopted as the firm 
name D. Lothrop & Co. The next important 



event in this firm's history was the opening of 
another drug store in New Market, N. H., 
under the management of Daniel. Shortly 
after, a third brother, John C, was taken into 
the firm, and sent to New Market to learn the 
business. Other stores were then established 
in Great Falls, Meredith Village, and Ames- 
bury. When John C. was duly qualified, he 
was placed in charge of the store in Great 
Falls. Subsequently the stores in New Mar- 
ket, Meredith, and Amesbury were disposed 
of; and the firm made a new departure by 
opening a clothing house in Great Falls. 
This venture proved so much more profitable 
than the drug store in the same town that the 
latter was abandoned in order that John C. 
might give the former his whole attention. 
The establishment in Dover, however, had 
been so successful that the firm were encour- 
aged to open another there. This was con- 
ducted solely by clerks until 1866, when it 
was sold. At the original store further help 
in the management became necessary; and a 
half-interest was disposed of to Alonzo T. 
Pinkham, after which the place was conducted 
under the style of Lothrops & Pinkham. 

Later, taking their father into partneiship, 
the brothers formed the firm Daniel Lothrop 
& Sons, who thereupon opened a clothing 
house in Dover and branches in Rochester 
and Great Falls. After the death of Daniel 
Lothrop, Sr., Matthew Henry Lothrop, who 
had been employed as a salesman by the firm, 
bought an interest in the clothing business 
here, and was in charge of it until 1880, when 
he went to Boston. Charles H. Farnham was 
then admitted as a partner; and the firm name 
became Lothrops, Farnham & Co. Some time 
before, musical instruments had been added to 
the stock in trade. The business of the house 
has since increased to dimensions scarcely 
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In 1850 D. Lothrop & Co. first engaged in 
the business of booi<sellers by purchasing the 
stock of Klijah Wadlcigh, of Dover. Having 
carrieil it on with retail and jobbing depart- 
ments, and publisiiing now anil again for some 
time, they decided to enter a wider field. For 
this purpose the business was removed to Bos- 
ton. Here their first store was located on 
Cornhill. In February, 1876, the Cornhill 
stanil was abandoned for one on Franklin 
Street, which in turn was forsaken for one on 
Washington Street. In 1890 the publishing 
firm was organized as a corporation, under the 
style of the D. Lothrop Company. Their 
advent in the wider field justified their most 
sanguine anticipations. As publishers they 
acquired a national reputation, and they prob- 
ably became known wherever the English lan- 
guage was spoken. They were especially suc- 
cessful with books and other publications for 
the young, for whom they employed some of 
the most accomplished pens and the deftest 
pencils. Their periodicals — Babyland, Pansy, 
Utile Men and Women, and Wide Aivake — 
attained a unique degree of excellence. All 
this was chiefly due to the business sagacity of 
Daniel Lothrop. 

The financial management of the main firm, 
as well as the exclusive direction of the Dover 
establishments, remained from the beginning 
in the hands of James Elbridge Lothrop. 
After the death of his brother, Daniel Lothrop, 
in 1892, he purchased the entire property of 
D. Lothrop & Co. in New Hampshire, but 
subsequently sold that part of it located in 
Great Falls to his brother John C. Lothrop. 
The publishing house he carried on conjointly 
with Mrs. Daniel Lothrop for two years longer, 
and then became convinced that the magnitude 
of his interests, together with his advancing 
years, demanded a change. Accordingly, with 
the consent of his late brother's wife and John 



C. Lothrop, he organized the Lothrop Publish- 
ing Company, as successors to the D. Lothrop 
Company, but bound to carry on the business 
upon the principles and plans of the original 
founders of the house. At the same time he 
withdrew from the management, and has since 
devoted himself to the care of his various 
establishments in New Hampshire. Regard- 
ing his other business connections it will 
suffice to mention that James E. Lothrop was 
chosen Director of the Cocheco National Bank 
in 1858, Vice-President in 1873, and has been 
its President since 1876; he was made a 
Director of the Cocheco Aqueduct Association 
in 1 87 1, the clerk of the association in 1872, 
and the President in 1875; and that he has 
been a Director of the Portsmouth & Dover 
Railroad, of the Eliab Bridge Company, of the 
Dover Street Railroad Company, and the Pres- 
ident respectively of the Dover Board of Trade 
and the Dover Improvement Association. 

In 1852, September 29, Mr. Lothrop was 
united in matrimony with Mary E. Morrill, a 
daughter of Joseph Morrill, of Amesbury, 
Mass. Mr. Morrill, who was interested in the 
Cocheco Manufacturing Company of Dover, in 
the course of time acquired a large amount of 
real estate, the care of which became his prin- 
cipal occupation in his later years. Mr. 
Lothrop has been a teacher in the Methodist 
Sunday-school over forty years. Mr. and Mrs. 
Lothrop are members of the Methodist church. 
In politics he supports the Republican party. 
In 1S72 Mr. Lothrop represented Dover in the 
State legislature, and in 1882 and 1883 he was 
Mayor of the city. The origin of the Dover 
public library was largely due to his persever- 
ing efforts. Devotion to the public welfare 
has been a characteristic of Mr. Lothrop in his 
private capacity as well as in his official life. 
He has been prominent in all movements de- 
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of tlie community in which he has resided. 
Eminently successful in business without de- 
scending to ignoble means, and doing good on 
the way as the occasion served, Mr. Lothrop 
reflects high credit upon the business men of 
New England. 



DVVIN GEORGE MORRISON, of the 
firm O. & E. Morrison, manufact- 
urers of woollen goods in Northfield, 
N.H., was born in that town, November 2, 
1S62, son of Byron K. and Hannah (Munsey) 
Morrison. His great-grandfather, Ebenezer 
Morrison, a native of Northfield, followed 
the trade of a tanner and currier in addition to 
farming. 

Thomas L. Morrison, the grandfather, was 
born in Northfield, December 27, 1813. He 
followed his father's trade for several years, 
and then purchased a farm in his native town, 
where he became a successful general farmer 
and stock-raiser, and still resides. In politics 
he is a Republican. He married Susan 
Capen, and has had five children, namely: 
Byron K., who is no longer living; George 
P.; Mary; Nellie Susan; and Obadiah G. 
Nellie Susan married George F. Chase, of 
Northfield. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Mor- 
rison are members of the Congregational 
church. Byron K. Morrison, born in North- 
field in 1840, learned the tanner's and cur- 
rier's trade, and subsequently worked at it 
until the outbreak of the Rebellion, when he 
enlisted as a private in Company G, Twelfth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers. He 
contracted typhoid fever while in service, re- 
turned to Gilford, N. H., and died of a relapse 
soon after. He married Hannah Munsey, 
daughter of George W. Munsey, of Gilford; 
and Edwin G., the subject of this sketch, is 
the only child of the marriage. 



Edwin George Morrison, but ten months old 
when his father died, was brought up by his 
maternal grandparents in Gilford. He ac- 
quired a district-school etlucation, and at tlie 
age of fourteen began work in Richard l-'irth's 
woollen-mill, of wjiich he is now part proprie- 
tor. After spending a year and a half in tlie 
finishing-room, he received charge of the same 
department of another mill of Mr. Firth's in 
Ashland, N.H., where he had been employed 
for five years when his health became im- 
paired. He was ne.xt employed in a wholesale 
paper store in Washington, D.C., for a year; 
and in June, 1S86, he went to Los Angeles, 
Cal., where he stayed until the following 
March. Upon his return to New Hampshire 
he formed a partnership with his uncle, under 
the firm name of O. & E. Morrison, for the 
purpose of carrying on the woollen manufact- 
uring business. They bought a shoddy-mill 
in Northfield, and have prosperously conducted 
it since. They employ ninety hands. The 
mill and their woollen looms have been run- 
ning night and day for the past two years in 
filling their orders. Their goods find a 
market principally in the West. 

On February 25, 1891, Mr. Morrison was 
united in marriage with Carrie B. Glines, 
daughter of James and Abigail (Chapman) 
Glines. Having had no children born to 
them, Mr. and Mrs. Morrison are bringing up 
Gladys Belle Healey, a daughter of Mrs. Mor- 
rison's deceased sister. 

Mr. Morrison is actively interested in pub- 
lic affairs. In 1896 the Republicans elected 
him legislative Representative of Tilton, 
where he resides. On that occasion he polled 
the largest vote ever thrown for a legislative 
•candidate in Tilton, receiving a majority of 
one hundred and sixty-eight, although Tilton 
is a Democratic town. He was made a Mason 
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in that town. At the present time lie is Wor- 
shipful Master of Doric Lodge and a member 
of St. Omer Chapter in Franklin. He is also 
connected with Clark Camp, Sons of Veterans, 
and is a charter member of Mount Belknap 
Lodge, .Ancient Order of United Workmen. 
Both he and Mrs. Morrison attend the Con- 
cresational church. 




LBERT F. SEAVEY, the junior mem- 
ber of the enterprising firm of J. 
Frank Seavey & Co., clothing deal- 
ers of Dover, and well deserving the high 
regard generally accorded him in the city, was 
born December 29, 1843, i'l the town of l^och- 
ester, this county, son of Samuel F. and Eliza 
K. (Ham) Seavey, both of whom were lifelong 
residents of that place. A fuller ancestral 
history will be found on another page, in the 
sketch of J. Frank Seavey. 

Albert F. Seavey was reared on the old 
homestead in his native town, receiving his 
education in the old Rochester Academy. 
During his youthful days, when not busy at 
his studies, he assisted in the daily labors of 
the farm. Subsequently, not finding these 
occupations congenial to his tastes, he sought 
other employment. Coming to Dover when a 
youth of eighteen summers, he secured work 
in a shoe factory, where he remained four 
years. At the expiration of tliat time he and 
his brother, J. Frank Seavey, united their 
forces and funds, and established their present 
business. They have an extensive and lucra- 
tive trade in clothing of all kinds, under the 
special management of the younger brother; 
and their store is one of the largest of its class 
in Dover. Mr. Seavey is likewise connected 
with the firm of Charles H. Seavey & Co., 
prominent lumber manufacturers and dealers 
of this city. A man of excellent judgment 



and tact, Mr. Seavey has met with eminent 
success in his career, and holds a high rank 
among the substantial men of Dover and 
vicinity. 

On July 31, 1S83, Mr. Seavey married Miss 
Marietta Fogg, a daughter of Charles F. and 
Rebecca F. (Webster) Fogg, of this city. 
The union has been blessed by the birth of 
five children — Alice E., Marion W., Harry 
L., Helen Grace, and Catherine. Politically, 
Mr. Seavey is a stanch advocate of the princi- 
ples of the Democratic party; and he has taken 
a prominent part in local affairs. In 1874 and 
1875 he was a member of the Common Council 
from Ward Two, he represented the same dis- 
trict in the State legislature throughout the 
succeeding two years, and in 1874 he served 
as a member of the staff of Governor James A. 
Weston. An active and influential worker in 
Masonic circles, he has taken the thirty-second 
degree of the order. He is also a member of 
Olive Branch Lodge, No. 6, K. of P., Uniform 
Rank; of the Knights of Honor; and of the 
Improved Order of Red Men. Religiously, 
he is not connected with any organized body, 
while he is a regular attendant of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, of which his wife is a 
member. 




RTHUR H. LAMPREY, a successful 
farmer and prominent resident of Bel- 
mont, was born where he now re- 
sides, November 15, 1841, son of Asa and 
Deborah (Sanborn) Lamprey. The farm 
which Mr. Lamprey owns and occupies was 
purchased by his father in 1828. Asa Lam- 
prey, who was an upright, conscientious man 
and a useful citizen, gained the sincere esteem 
of his fellow-townsmen by his personal virtues 
and his valuable public services, and died July 
31, 1850. He was a member of the Board of 
Selectmen for a number of years, represented 




JAMES P. OSBORNE. 



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this town in the legislature, and in politics 
supported the Democratic party. His wife, 
Deborah, whom he married November 25, 
1830, was a daughter of Jonathan Sanborn, a 
prosperous farmer of Gilmanton. Ancestors 
of the Sanborn family were among the first 
settlers in this section. Mr. and Mrs. Asa 
Lamprey were the parents of ten children; 
namely, Alfred A., Emily A., Frances M., 
George H., Laura O., Arthur II., Sarah A., 
Mary E., Clara M., and Juliet A. Alfred A., 
who was for a number of years in the grocery 
business in Lawrence, Mass., is now Manager 
and Treasurer of the Lawrence Lumber Com- 
pany. He wedded Matilda A. Gamble, of 
Linneus, Me,, and has had five children — 
Frances Kate, Alfred Edwin, Lelia Matilda, 
Alice Ella, and Clara May. Clara May died 
young. Emily A. Lamprey is the wife of 
J. W. Rice, the President of the United 
States Gutta-percha Paint Company of Provi- 
dence, R.L, and has two children. Frances 
M. Lamprey married Samuel N. Weston, 
a reed manufacturer of Fitchburg, Mass. 
George H. Lamprey served in Company K, 
Fourteenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volun- 
teers, during the Civil War, reaching the 
rank of Captain. He was in the grocery 
business in Litchfield, Mass., for several 
years, and died in Laconia, N.IL, in 1881. 
By his wife, Adeline L. (Farrar) Lamprey, a 
native of Belmont, he became the father of 
five children — -Clarence R., Howard A., 
Christina, Lillian A., and E. Gertrude. 
Laura O. Lamprey in 1871 married A. W. 
Kimball, of Lawrence, Mass., and died in 
1874. Sarah A. died in Providence in 1874. 
Mary E. is a book-keeper for the United 
States Gutta-percha Paint Company, Provi- 
dence, R.L Clara M., after teaching school 
for some years in Laconia and Belmont, be- 
came the wife of Benjamin W. Gallup, who is 



in the brokerage and insurance business in 
I'rovidence, and has six children. Juliet A. 
Lamprey is employed as a book-keeper in 
Providence, R.L Mrs. Asa Lamprey died 
October 29, 1880. 

Arthur H. Lamprey acquired a good practi- 
cal education. Owing to the death of his 
father, he was compelled to take charge of the 
farm at an early age. After his majority he 
bought the interests of the other heirs, and jjy 
making additions to the property now owns 
two hundred and twenty-five acres of excellent 
land. He has made various improvements in 
the buildings, considerably enhancing the 
value of his farm. He raises the usual crops, 
while making a specialty of the milk business. 

On November 15, 1866, Mr. Lamprey was 
united in marriage with EniTiia James, daugh- 
ter of Annis C. James, of Gilford, N. H. She 
has had si.x children, as follows: Nellie Bird, 
who died aged one year; Eva Emma; Carleton 
A. ; Laura B. ; Leonard A. ; and Sarah E. 
Eva Emma, who graduated from the Laconia 
High School, having stood high in her class, 
taught school until August, 1896, when she 
resigned. Carleton A. was educated at the 
New Hampshire Literary Institute, and is now 
in the milk business with his father. Mrs. 
Lamprey died December 5, 1895. Mr. Lam- 
prey is a member of the Second Free Baptist 
Church, and is at present acting as clerk. 
Always temperate in his own habits, he is a 
strong advocate of prohibition. His activity 
in religious and other matters related to the 
general good of the community places him 
anions' the leading; citizens of Belmont. 



SHAMES PRESCOTT OSBORNE, M.D., 
formerly a prominent ph\'sician of Til- 
ton, was born in Piermont, N. H., June 
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Osborne. His father was a native of Candia, 
N.H., and was reared and educated in I'ier- 
mont. He followed the occupation of farmer 
on the homestead, which he inherited; and he 
died in Piermont. His wife, Sally, who was 
a native of Candia, became the mother of four 
children, three of whom attained maturity. 
These were: James P., the subject of this 
sketch; Adelbert, a resident of Bradford, Vt. ; 
and Adelaide Sarah, who married William 
llibbard, of Piermont. Both parents were 
members of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
and the father was the steward of the society 
for many years. 

James Prescott Osborne acquired his early 
education in the common schools and at the 
seminary in Newbury, Vt. He read medicine 
with Dr. Watkins, of Newbury, and Dr. 
French, of Warren, N.H., and was graduated 
from Dartmouth College with the class of 
1855. While pursuing his studies he taught 
school in Piermont, Haverhill, and other 
towns. His medical practice was commenced 
in Felchville, Vt., where he resided for nearly 
ten years, and acquired a good business. Not 
content, however, he came to Tilton in Novem- 
ber, 1864, and subsequently was associated 
with Dr. B. Lyford for some time. Afterward 
he worked at his profession alone, having calls 
from all the neighboring towns, and for some 
years keeping an office in Franklin, which he 
visited daily. It is said that he was never 
known to refuse a call for his services on ac- 
count of the poverty of the patient, and many 
have good cause to remember his kind and 
charitable disposition. He was regarded as 
one of the leading physicians in this part of 
the State, and he was much sought for in cases 
where consultation was deemed necessary. 
He invested to some extent in business enter- 
prises, having been one of the incorporators of 
the Tilton Hosiery Company; and he was its 



President until his decease. His ui)right 
character, integrity, and genial bearing 
gained for him the respect of his fellow- 
townsmen; and his death, which occurred 
October 3, 1895, was the cause of sincere 
regret to all. In politics he was a Republi- 
can. Though deeply interested in public 
affairs, he never aspired to office. He was 
affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd 
P'ellows. 

On March 18, 1855, Dr. Osborne was 
united in marriage with Sarah P. Stanyan, 
daughter of Newell Stanyan of Wentworth, 
N.H. Mrs. Osborne's grandfather, Jonathan 
Stanyan, born in 1770, died in 1805. His 
wife, in maidenhood Martha Hook, was born 
in 1768. Newell Stanyan, Mrs. Osborne's 
father, was born in Chichester, N.H., March 
30, 1798. After marriage he moved to a farm 
in Wentworth, where he followed the carpen- 
ter's trade and farming, and died October 9, 
1 88 1. He married Hannah H. Drake, who 
became the mother of eight children, seven of 
whom grew up ; namely, Jonathan, David, 
Newell, John, Martha, James, and Sarah P. 
Of these Sarah P., now Mrs. Osborne, is the 
only survivor. Mrs. Newell Stanyan died 
December 15, 1875. Mrs. Osborne is a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church. She 
has had one daughter, P'lora G., born in 1862, 
who was a graduate of the New Hampshire 
Conference Seminary and Female College, and 
died in 1888. 




UGUSTUS DOE was a successful busi- 
ness man and a prominent citizen of 
Laconia. He was born here, June 
I, 1808. Being left fatherless at a tender 
age, young Doe was bound out to James Hoyt, 
of Gilford. In early boyhood he displayed 
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which characterized his career in after life. 
Pointing one day to a strip of land lying be- 
tween the lake and the Meredith highway, 
he told his young companions that he would 
own it some time; and his assertion proved 
correct. He remained with Mr; Hoyt in Gil- 
ford until released at the expiration of the 
stipulated time. Then he went to Boston, 
and resided there for some time. When the 
project of dredging the channel at the outlet 
of tlie lake was put into operation, he returned 
to Laconia, and was employed as a foreman on 
the work until it was completed. Subsequent 
to his marriage he resided with his father-in- 
law, Elliott Blaisdell, wliom he assisted in 
carrying on the farm. This property, which 
fell to his wife after her father's death, in 
course of time was increased by Mr. Doe to 
about three times its former size. Besides 
carrying on the farm, he established and con- 
ducted a brick-yard, engaged in handling real 
estate, and was one of the most energetic 
business men this city has ever known. He 
was one of the first men in this section to 
champion the Abolition cause. As an active 
supporter of the Republican party from the 
time of its formation, he served as a Select- 
man for a number of years, and acceptably 
represented the town in the State legislature 
for a period. Able in argument and well in- 
formed in most topics of interest, but es- 
pecially in finance, he frequently worsted 
some of the best debaters in Laconia. He 
was a lover of truth and justice, espoused 
the cause of morality whenever opportunity 
permitted, was a generous contributor to all 
worthy charities and a strict observer of the 
Sabbath. His influence in the community 
was most beneficial ; and his death, which 
occurred August i, 1887, when he was over 
seventy-nine years old, was keenly regretted 
by his neighbors. 



Mr. Doe married Mahala, daughter of Elliott 
Blaisdell, a well-known resident of Laconia. 
She became the mother of three children — 
Morrill B., Lydia E., and Eliza. Morrill B., 
who met with an accident which necessitated 
the amputation of a leg, died from the effects 
of that operation, December 25, 1882, aged 
forty-eight years, leaving two children. He 
was a member of Meredith Lodge, I. O. O. I''. 
Lydia E. and Eliza were graduated from the 
New Hampshire Conference Seminary. Lydia 
E., who married the late O. P. Warner, then 
a woollen manufacturer of Ashland, N.H., 
resides at the homestead. Eliza married 
William J. Morrison, who is now managing 
the business formerly carried on by the late 
Mr. Doe. Mr. Morrison, born in Plymouth, 
N.H., September 29, 1846, was educated in 
the district schools of Plymouth, and at the 
age of eighteen began life as a farmer. After 
nine years spent in the employment of Augus- 
tus Doe, he became a brakeman on the Boston, 
Concord & Montreal Railroad. Erom this 
position he worked his way forward to that of 
passenger conductor, in which capacity he 
served for four years. He resigned in 1882 
on account of the extreme old age of his 
father-in-law and the untimely death of the 
latter's son, and took charge of the farm and 
brick business. The property contains four 
hundred acres of land. Mr. Morrison makes a 
specialty of the milk business. Politically, 
he is a Republican. fie was elected to the 
first City Council of Laconia, in which body 
he served for three years. 



AMES L. TWOMBLY, a prosperous 
farmer of Milton, and a veteran of the 
Civil War, was born June 28, 1840, in 
the house where he now resides, son of Lewis 
B. and Jane (Ford) Twonibly. His great- 



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graiulfatlier, James Twombly, was one of the 
first settlers of Farmington, N.I I. His 
grandfather, James Twombly (second), came 
to Milton when the town was in its infancy. 

Lewis B. Twombly, father of James L. , was 
born in Farmington, and accompanied his 
parents to Milton when he was two years old. 
When a young man he learned the stone cut- 
ters' trade, which he followed in Boston for 
ten years. While there he helped to build the 
wall around Deer Island. From Boston he 
returned to this town, where he spent the' rest 
of his life in tilling the soil. The house he 
occupied, which is now owned by his son, is 
one of the oldest in Milton, and was originally 
the property of Lieutenant Elijah Horn. In 
an upper room, which was then unfinished, 
were held the first town meetings of Milton; 
and for some years it was customary for the 
people of the North-east Parish to hold relig- 
ious services here on Sundays. Here old Par- 
son Hasy, of Lebanon, and l^arson Haven, of 
Newbury Plains, delivered eloquent discourses 
on the Word, and taught the way to salvation. 
The children of the settlers and the early con- 
verts were baptized in this room. Lewis B. 
Twombly died Alarch ii, 1S92, aged eighty- 
four years, five months, and four days. ' He 
married Jane Ford, a native of Berwick, Me., 
and by her became the father of four children, 
of whom the only survivor is James L., the 
subject of this sketch. 

James L. Twombly grew to manhood as a 
farmer, and his education was accjuired in the 
common schools. In i86i he enlisted in 
Company K, Third Regiment, New Hamp- 
shire Volunteer Infantry, which was attached 
to Terry's Division, Tenth Army Corps. He 
served for thirty-seven months in the Civil 
War, successively in the capacities of private 
and Corporal. He survived the dangers of 
several notable battles in the Virginia cam- 



paign, including those of the Wilderness, 
I^"ort Wagner, and Drewry's Bluff; and he 
was discharged in August, 1864. After his 
return from the army he settled upon the home 
farm, which is situated upon the main road 
leading from Milton to Milton Mills; and 
there he has been engaged in general farming 
since. In politics he acts with the Democratic 
party, but has never aspired to public office. 

Mr. Twombly married Lizzie A. Downs, a 
daughter of Otis P. and Rebecca (Jenkins) 
Downs, of Farmington. He is a member of 
Miltonia Lodge, I. O. O. F. ; and a comrade 
of Post Eli Wentworth, No. 89, G. A. R., of 
this town. Both he and Mrs. Twombly attend 
the Congregational church. 



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DWIN H. SHANNON, a prominent 
lawyer of Laconia, was born in Gilman- 
' ton, N.H., March 8, 1858, son of 
James C. and Judith Webster (Batchelder) 
Shannon. The Shannon family were among 
the early settlers of Portsmouth. George 
Shannon, grandfather of Edwin H., was a 
native of Portsmouth, and a supporter of the 
Democratic party. When a young man he 
settled in Gilmanton, where he spent the rest 
of his life upon a farm ; and he died at the age 
of eighty years. He married Sally Tibbetts, 
a native of Alton, N. H., and was the father of 
nine children; namely, Ira, Stephen, George, 
Ephraim, Nathaniel, James C, John, Charles, 
and Ann Charles died young. 

James C. Shannon, who was born in Gil- 
manton, and is one of the best-known residents 
of that town, spent the active period of his 
life in agricultural pursuits. Although he is 
now seventy-four years old, he is still active. 
His wife, Judith, was born in Loudon, Merri- 
mack County, and is a relative of the famous 
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lias had four children, as follows: Frank E. 
Shannon, M.D. , a successful physician and a 
scholar of unusual ability, who died in Gil- 
manton at the age of thirty-seven years; Edwin 
H., the subject of this sketch; Mary B. , 
whose death occurred on the same night as 
that of her brother Frank ; and Harry, who 
resides with his parents on the home farm. 
The mother is now sixty-two years old. 

Edwin H. Shannon acquired his early edu- 
cation in the common schools and at the Gil- 
manton Academy. He studied law with 
Thomas Cogstell, of Gilmanton, who is now 
United States Pension Agent at Concord; and 
he was admitted to the bar in June, 1880. 
He was for a time associated with Mr. Cog- 
stell as a partner, after which he jjractised 
alone until entering into partnership with 
W. S. Peaslee. At a later date this firm 
became Shannon, Peaslee & Blackstone. Mr. 
Shannon is now conducting a large and profit- 
able general law business in I,aconia. He is 
especially noted for his connection with several 
important and ably contested trials, including 
that of defendant's counsel in many criminal 
cases in Strafford, Belknap, and Merrimack 
Counties. As an advocate he holds a high 
rank, while he is second to none in his 
knowledge of the law. 

In October, 1882, Mr. Shannon was united 
in marriage with Myra li., daughter of Ira L. 
Berry, of Barnstead, N.H., and now has two 
children — Ella C. and Mildred. Although 
his immediate relatives, like his ancestors, are 
Democrats, Mr. Shannon prefers to act with 
the Republican party. He is not, however, a 
politician, choosing to devote his time almost 
entirely to his law practice. He is connected 
with Mount Belknap Lodge, No. 20, Knights 
of Pythias. His religious convictions are those 
of the People's Christian Church, which he 
serves as President of its Board of Directors. 




HARLES W. BICKFORD, Post- 
master at Rochester, was born in this 



■H 
'^ town, January 20, 1843, son of John 

and Hannah M. (Demeritt) l?ickford. He is 
a descendant of John ]?ickford, who emigrated 
from Sussex, England, abdut the year 1700, 
and was a prime mover in organizing the town 
of Rochester in 1722. John Bickford, Charles 
W. Bickford's father, who is a native of this 
town, has silent the active period of his life in 
tilling the soil. An able and industrious 
farmer and a useful citizen, he served as a 
member of the Board of Selectmen in Roches- 
ter previous to its incorporation as a city. He 
is still residing here, and is now eighty-two 
years old. His wife, Hannah M., a native of 
P'armington, N.H., who was of English de- 
scent and a representative of an old and highly 
reputable family of Strafford County, lived to 
be seventy-three years old. 

After attending the common and high 
schools of Rochester for the customary jjcriod, 
Charles W. Bickford completed his studies at 
the academy in VVolfboro, N.H. When 
twenty-one years old he went to New York 
City, where he became an employee at tiie 
Union Place Hotel, now the Morton House. 
There he obtained his first knowledge of the 
hotel business, which he was destined to fol- 
low as his principal occupation up to 1894. 
After leaving the metropolis he returned to 
Rochester, and was engaged in the grocery 
business until the store was destroyed by fire 
in 1871. He then resumed his connection 
with the hotel business, every branch of which 
he learned by a varied experience of twenty- 
five years. In this period he acquired the 
reputation of one of the finest stewards in this 
country. He has filled responsible positions 
at the Evans House, Coolidge House, United 
States Hotel, and Boston Tavern, of ]?oston, 
Mass. ; at Clifford House, Plymouth, Mas.s. ; 



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Ocean View Hotel, ]51ock Island; and the 
Narragansett Hotel of Providence, R.I. ; the 
Fort William Henry Hotel, at Lake George; 
Willard's Hotel, Washington, D.C. ; the Mag- 
nolia Hotel, Magnolia Springs, Fla. ; the 
Hotel Chaniplain, Clinton County, New York; 
and he was for four years connected with the 
Hotel Ponce-de-Leon, St. Augustine, Fla., 
one of the largest houses in the United States. 
In May, 1894, having returned to this city at 
the urgent request of his numerous friends in 
Rochester, through their combined efforts he 
was appointed Postmaster by President Cleve- 
land. 

On May 28, 1868, Mr. Bickford was united 
in marriage with Louise Henderson, a daugh- 
ter of Charles Henderson, of this city. In 
politics he is a Democrat. In 1S70 and 1871 
he served as Town Clerk; and in 1895 he was 
elected to the City Council from Ward Five. 
In Masonry he has advanced to the Knights 
Templar degree, and is a member of Palestine 
Commandery. He is also connected with the 
Hotel Mutual Benefit Association. As a 
member of the St. Bernard Club of America 
and a great lover of dogs, he has given consid- 
erable attention to the breeding of these ani- 
mals, and was awarded both regular and special 
prizes for exhibits at the Boston Dog Show. 
Mr. Bickford is a member of the Unity 
Church. 




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iOLONEL GEORGE A. SANDERS 
is one of the foremost men of Laconia, 
prominent in business, political, 
and social circles. He was born at Laconia, 
then called Meredith Bridge, December 10, 
1846. His parents, .Samuel W. and Serena 
(Ranlet) Sanders, were natives of the Granite 
State, born respectively in the towns of Mason 
and Ossipee. His great-grandfather, Isaiah 
Sanders, was one of the New Hampshire 



patriots who fought under Colonel Stark at 
Bennington, and lived to see the young repub- 
lic develop into a powerful nation, dying at 
the age of eighty. Joseph Sanders, the grand- 
father, who was a cabinet-maker and a farmer 
of Mason, married Sarah Mansur, and had a 
family of six children, three of whom ai'e 
li\'ing. 

Samuel W. Sanders, born in Mason, learned 
the tinsmith's trade, and established a hard- 
ware store in Laconia, which he managed from 
1840 to 1887. A man of enterprise and strong 
character, he took a leading [lart in the finan- 
cial and political life of the town. He was 
one of the founders of the Laconia Savings 
Bank and a member of its Board of Trustees 
from 1868 up to the time of his death. He 
was Selectman of Meredith, was one of the 
prime movers in setting off the town of La- 
conia, and was Chairman of its first Board of 
Selectmen. In 1861 he was appointed Post- 
master of Laconia by President Lincoln, but 
did not receive his commission. He was sub- 
sequently-first Associate Justice of the Laconia 
Police Court, serving until disqualified by age. 
He died January 16, 1892, aged seventy-three 
years. By his wife, who has also passed away, 
he was the father of three children, all of 
whom are living. 

George A. Sanders received his education in 
the schools of his native town and at Gilford 
and New Ipswich Academies. He was after- 
ward employed in his father's store for a year, 
and then engaged as book-keeper with Priest 
& Marden, of Boston. On severing his con- 
nection with this firm he entered the employ 
of Bassett, P'rench & Co., the founders of the 
far-famed Boston crockery house now con- 
ducted by Abram French & Co., and was 
travelling salesman for the house some twenty- 
one years. On January i, 1887, he purchased 
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then he has so enlarged the business that three 
times the original number of employees are now 
kept busy. Since 1892 he has been a Trustee 
of the Laconia Savings Bank. His natural 
business ability, of which he had a consider- 
able amount, has been highly developed by his 
long and varied commercial experience and his 
association with successful financiers. 

Mr. Sanders has been twice married. In 
1872 he was united to Miss Addie Currier, of 
Cambridgeport, Mass., who died in 1SS6, leav- 
ing three children. The latter are: Frank C, 
his father's assistant in the store; Emma L., 
who graduated from the Laconia High School 
in June, 1S96, and is now attending the State 
Normal School at Plymouth, N. H. ; and S. 
Gertrude, attending the Laconia High School. 
Mr. Sanders was again married in 1889 to 
Ida M., daughter of John B. Chase, a well- 
to-do farmer of New Hampton, N. H. A pop- 
ular member of the Republican party, Mr. 
Sanders was in the State legislature in 1889, 
serving on the Committee on Corporations, and 
presiding as Chairman of the Committee on 
Mileage. He was Colonel for two years on 
Governor Tuttle's staff, having been appointed 
in 1891; County Commissioner of Belknap 
County for four years ; and he has been Chief 
Engineer of the Laconia Fire Department 
since March, 1SS9. A thirty-second degree 
Mason, he belongs to Mount Lebanon Lodge, 
No. 32 ; to Union Chapter, No. 7, of the 
Royal Arch ; and to Pythagorean Council, No. 
6, Royal and Select Masters; is Past Flminent 
Commander of Pilgrim Commandery, K. T., 
Grand Standard Bearer in the Grand Com- 
mandery, and belongs to Edward A. Ray- 
mond Consistory at Nashua, N. H. He is a 
member of Mount Belknap Lodge, No. 20, 
Knights of Pythias; Laconia Division, No. 6, 
Uniform Rank; is Regent of Cyprus Council, 
No. 1062, Royal Arcanum; and is a member 



of the Improved Order of Red Men, Pontau- 
hum Tribe, No. iS, of which he was first 
Sachem. He attends religious service at the 
Im'cc Will l?aptist church. 




HARLES A. FAIRBANKS, M.]:»., 
a widely known and respected citizen 
of Dover, which he ably serves in 
the capacity of City Physician, was born in 
Portsmouth, N. H., December 17, 1849. He 
is a son of Albert A. and Lydia L. (l^rock) 
Fairbanks. When he was two years old his 
parents moved to Portland, Me., in which city 
he spent two years of his childhood. Subsc- 
cpiently he resided for a time successively in 
Mansfield and Boston, Mass. At the age of 
si-x he came to Dover with his parents, and 
here grew to manhood. Having received his 
elementary education in the city schools, he 
entered Dartmouth College, from which insti- 
tution he was graduated in 1871. Seeking 
employment after this, he secured a position as 
draughtsman with the National Bridge and 
Iron Works of Boston, Mass., and remained 
with them about one year and six months. 
He then went to East Saginaw, Mich., where 
he entered the service of the Flint & Mar- 
quette Railroad Company as mechanical 
draughtsman. After spending nine months in 
their employ he returned to Dover, and soon 
after was appointed station agent at this place 
for the Portsmouth & Dover Railroad Com- 
pany, being the first person to hold that posi- 
tion. After a service of one year as station 
agent he entered the office of Dr. John R. 
Ham, of this city, and began the study of 
medicine. He remained with Dr. Ham one 
year, and then entered Harvard Medical 
School, from which he was graduated wMth the 
class of 1S77. 

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began tlie practice of his profession. He had 
been but a short time in Fall River when, 
on March i8, 1878, he came to Dover, of 
which he has since been a resident. Later in 
that year he was appointed County Physician, 
and retained the jiosition for four years. In 
1882 he became City Physician, which office 
he has held since. From 1878 up to the pres- 
ent time he has been a member of the Strafford 
County Medical Association, was its President 
in the year i88g-go, and has been its Secre- 
tary in every year since 1879. 

On October 2-i, 1884, he married Miss 
Emma Belle Caswell, daughter of Cornelius 
E. Caswell, of Dover. Dr. Fairbanks is not 
only prominent among his medical brethren for 
his skill, but he commands the respect and es- 
teem of all who know him. His large busi- 
ness capacity, sterling honesty, and devotion 
to the public interest make him a useful and 
valuable citizen. He was Moderator of Ward 
Three from 1878 to 1893, and he has been a 
member of the Water Commission since i888. 
Since i886 he has been a member of the Re- 
publican State Central Committee. In 1881 
he was elected a member of the School Com- 
mittee, of which he has served as Secretary 
since 1884. The Doctor is also a member of 
the Masonic order, belonging to Moses Paul 
Lodge of Dover; and is besides affiliated 
with the I. O. O. F. and Improved Order of 
Red Men. 



-QHN ROBERTS LEAVITT, an enter- 
prising grocer of Lakeport, was born in 
Gilford, Belknap County, July 23, 
1836, son of Taylor and Maria (Roberts) 
Leavitt. His paternal grandfather, Samuel, 
a native of Gilmanton, N. IL, was a relative 
of Dudley Leavitt, the almanac editor. 
Samuel Leavitt followed the trades of carpen- 
ter, joiner, and wheelwright. He removed to 



Gilford, where he owned and ran a saw-mill 
near Lakeshore Park for many years. He was 
Selectman for ten years, a Justice of the Peace 
for a prolonged period, and a Representative 
to the legislature for several terms. In re- 
ligion he was a highly respected member of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church in Gilford 
Village. He married Nancy Chase, of Gil- 
manton ; and they had two sons, Taylor and 
Gil man, both of whom are now deceased. 
Gilman, who was a blacksmith by trade, served 
many years as foreman in Abbot's carriage 
shop in Concord, N.H. Samuel Leavitt died 
at the age of seventy-three years. 

Taylor Leavitt, the father of John R., re- 
moved with his parents to Gilford while yet a 
boy. He worked in the saw-mill with his 
father, and also on the farm, subsequently 
becoming the owner of one hundred and forty 
acres of land. His wife, who was a daughter 
of John Roberts, of New Durham, N.H., 
removed with her parents to Gilford when she 
was but eight years of age. She had three 
girls and two boys, of whom the sons are 
living — Charles W. and John R. Her hus- 
band died when he was seventy-four years old, 
and she has also passed away. 

John Roberts Leavitt acquired a common- 
school education in his native town, and re- 
mained on the home acres until he was thirty 
years of age. He drove a team for George W. 
Sanders in the lumber business for one year, 
served S. A. Piper for three years in the car- 
penter's trade, and was employed as carpenter 
in the Laconia Car Works. A copartnership 
was then formed with Albert D. Plummer, 
under the style of Leavitt & Plummer, in the 
grocery business. Three years later they dis- 
solved partnership, and E. P. Osgood was 
associated with him under the firm name of 
Osgood & Leavitt for the same period of time. 
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of Leavitt & Stanyon, conducted the business 
for a further three years. Since that time Mr. 
Leavitt has been the sole proprietor. In tlie 
fall of 1883 he built his present establishment. 
His business career here so far has lasted 
thirty-three years. 

Mr. Leavitt has been twice nwrried. In 
September, i86t, he was married to Emeline 
M. Carr, of Gilford. She died September 15, 
1875, leaving one daughter — Annie Maria, 
who died in 1877, at the age of fourteen years. 
In June, 1879, he married his second wife, 
previously Jennie M. Bunker, of Tamworth, 
N. H. They have two adopted daughters, 
namely : Blanche lilllen, who was born No- 
vember 22, 1S91 ; and Flossie Emily, who 
is thirteen years of age. In politics Mr. 
Leavitt acted with the Democratic party from 
the time he first voted until 1894, when he 
became a Republican. He served as Overseer 
of the I'oor for two years. He has succes- 
sively filled all the chairs in Chocorua Lodge, 
No. 51, I. O. O. F., and is a member of the 
Grand Lodge; and also belongs to Endicott 
Rock Lodge, No. 23, K. P., in which he has 
refused various offices. His religious senti- 
ments have led him to become a constant at- 
tendant of the Free Baptist Church of Lake- 
port. 

jOLONEL DANIEL HALL, attorney- 
at-law and a distinguished political 
leader, occupying an honored place 
among the foremost men of New Hampshire, 
is a citizen of Dover, Strafford County. He 
was born in Barrington, this State, February 
28, 1832, a son of Gilman and Eliza (Tuttle) 
Hall, and is of good old Colonial stock. On 
the paternal side he is a lineal descendant of 
John Hall, who came to Dover with his 
brother Ralph in 1649 from Charlestown, 
Mass., and was very active in the early settle- 




ment of the city, a Surveyor of Land, Commis- 
sioner to try causes, Town Cleik, and the 
Deacon of the Congregational chui'ch, having 
been appointed to the latter office in 1650. 

Deacon John Hall was the father of Ralph 
Hall, also a farmer in Dover, whose son 
Ralph, the great-great-grandfather of the 
Colonel, was a pioneer settler of Barrington. 
On the farm which he partly cleared in that 
town was born Solomon Hall, the ne.\t in line 
of descent, whose son Daniel, first, a lifelong 
farmer of Barrington, was Colonel Hall's 
grandfather. 

Gilman Hall, son of Daniel, first, was edu- 
cated in Barrington and Dover; and when a 
young man he spent some years in Boston, 
being engaged a part of the time as a clerk 
and a part in mercantile business. Subse- 
quently returning to Barrington, he opened a 
store for the sale of general merchandise, and 
as a merchant and farmer there passed the re- 
mainder of his life, dying on March 18, 1870, 
aged si.xty years. In politics he was a strong 
supporter of the principles of the Democratic 
party; and, in addition to ably filling all the 
local offices of importance, he was a Rejare- 
sentative to the General Court. His wife, 
whose maiden name was Eliza Tuttle, as above 
indicated, was born in Dover, and died in this 
city, November 9, 1S88. She was a direct 
descendant of John Tuttle, who was a Judge of 
the Superior Court in Dover in the latter part 
of the seventeenth century. Mrs. Eliza T. 
Hall was the mother of nine children, two of 
whom died in infancy. The others may be 
briefly mentioned, as follows: Daniel is the 
subject of this biography; Lydia is the wife of 
John H. Parker, of Seabrook, N.H.; Clara 
married William H. Neal, of Dover; I\liza is 
the wife of Joseph L. Cater, of Princeton, 
Minn.; Gilman is a resident of Haverhill, 
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II. H. Twombly, of Madbury, N. H.; and 
David died December lo, 1885, aged thirty- 
nine years. 

The life of Daniel Hall as a boy was devoid 
of any remarkable events and experiences. He 
first attended the district schools, then pursued 
his studies three terms at the Strafford Acad- 
emy and one term at the New Hampshire 
Conference Seminary in Northfield, now Til- 
ton, and lietvveen times assisted his father in 
the store or on the farm. Having ambitions 
far above the life to which he was seemingly 
bound, this persevering lad began the study of 
Latin and Greek by himself, spending his 
leisure minutes at his books, and made such 
judicious use of his time that in 1S50 he 
entered Dartmouth College, where in 1S54 he 
was graduated with honors, and standing at 
the head of his class as valedictorian. He 
being the eldest of a large family of children, 
his parents were able to give him but scant 
help in paying his way through college; and 
in order to defray his expenses Mr. Hall taught 
school winters, and at the same time kept pace 
with his class in his studies. 

For three years after his graduation he was 
clerk in the New York custom-house, and 
while there he repaid from his earnings the 
money previously advanced him by his father. 
By birth and breeding Colonel Hall was a 
Democrat; but by listening to the eloquence 
of such men as William Lloyd Garrison, Wen- 
dell Phillips, and Gerrit Smith, he had imbibed 
anti-slavery principles, and in consequence of 
publicly expressing his disapproval of the 
Lecompton Bill, for submitting to the peo- 
ple of Kansas a constitution favoring slavery, 
he was removed from his position. Returning 
to Dover, he entered the ofifice of Daniel M. 
Christie, the most brilliant lawyer of his time, 
and in i860 was admitted to the New Hamp- 
shire bar. He at once began the practice of 



his profession in Dover, continuing until the 
autumn of the ne.xt year, when he went to 
Washington as Secretary of the United States 
Committee on Naval Affairs. 

After serving a few months in this position 
he surrendered this office to participate in the 
war, and in March, 1862, was commissioned 
Aide-de-camp and Captain in the regular army, 
being assigned to the staff of General A. W. 
Whipple, then stationed at Arlington Heights, 
and in September, at the time of the Antietam 
campaign, with him joining the Army of the 
Potomac. On December 13, 1862, he was in 
the battle of Fredericksburg, and in the assault 
of Marye's Heights. On May 5, 1863, he 
stood by the side of General Whipple when 
that officer received the wound that proved 
mortal. Then appointed to the staff of 
General O. O. Howard, Commander of the 
Eleventh Corps, he was with him at the battle 
of Gettysburg and in later campaigns. In 
1864 Captain Hall was made Provost Marshal 
of the First New Hampshire District, in which 
capacity he organized four thousand men for 
the army and navy, being stationed at Ports- 
mouth until the close of the war. Although 
in many engagements, he was but once 
wounded, receiving a slight injury at the 
battle of Gettysburg. 

He resumed his practice in Dover after his 
return to civil life, but in 1867 was appointed 
Clerk of the Supreme Court, and the following 
year was made Judge of the Police Court of 
Dover, an office in which he remained seven 
years. He likewise held an official position 
under Governor Smyth, and later was on Gov- 
ernor Harriman's staff, holding the rank of 
Colonel. In 1874 he was elected Chairman 
of the Republican State Committee, he having 
long been a stanch advocate of the principles 
of that party; and he wisely conducted their 
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being Chairman of the delegation sent by New 
Hampshire to the National Convention in 
Cincinnati. From 1875 i^mtil 'S77 he was 
Reporter of the Decisions of the Supreme 
Court, and published volumes fifty-six and 
fifty-seven of the New Hampshire Reports. 
In 1S77 Colonel Hall recci\-ed the appoint- 
ment of Naval Ofificer at the port of ]5oston, 
and, being reappointed at the end of his first 
term, served until the ist of January, iSg6. 

Since returning to Dover at that time, 
Colonel Hall has been connected with various 
institutions in an official capacity. He is a 
Trustee of the Strafford Savings ]?ank of 
Dover, of the Dover Public Library, and of 
the Berwick Academy. In 1S59 he was ap- 
pointed by the governor as School Commis- 
sioner for this county, and in 1S60 he was re- 
ajipointed. Colonel Hall is an active member 
of the Grand Army of the Republic, having 
been Judge-advocate, Senior Vice-Commander, 
and Department Commander, and at the pres- 
ent time is Trustee and Secretary of the New 
Hampshire Soldiers' Home, for the establish- 
ment of which he drafted the law. He be- 
longs to the Charles W. Sawyer Post, No. 
17. He is likewise a member of the Loyal 
Legion, Massachusetts Commandcry. He is 
an attendant of the Congregational church. 
Colonel Hall was married January 25, 1877, to 
Miss Sophia Dodge, daughter of Jonathan T. 
and Sarah Hanson Dodge, of Rochester, N.H. 
Their only child, Artliur Wellesley, born 
August 30, 1878, is a student at the Berwick 
Academy. 



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EORGE HENRY SMITH, a success- 
\ fS I ful dry-goods merchant of Lakeport, 
where he has been in business for a 
number of years, is a native of Moultonboro, 
Carroll County, N. H., born June 18, 1847, 
son of Rufus and Nancy (Lovejoy) Smith. 



Rufus Smith, who followed the trade of a 
machinist for thirty ycar.s, in early life worked 
at farming. After 1S65 he was also engaged 
in lumbering and boating for a time. Tiien 
he settled in Laconia (now Gilford), where 
since about 1889 he has lived in retirement, 
being now seventy-eight years of age. {Politi- 
cally, he is a Republican. Fraternally, he is 
a prominent member of Chocorua Lodge, No. 
51, I. O. O. F. , of Lakeport. He has served 
as a delegate to the Grand Lodge at different 
times; and when a member of Laconia En- 
campment, No. g, he held all the different 
offices. His wife, Nancy, was a daughter of 
Caleb Lovejoy, of Meredith, N.H. Her ear- 
liest ancestors in this country came from Eng- 
land, and settled in Pembroke, N.H., which 
has been the home of the Lovejoys for four or 
five generations. She died in 1888. Rufus 
and Nancy Smith were the parents of a son 
and daughter: George H. ; and Lucy J., who 
lives at home. 

George H. Smith received his education in 
the common school of Moultonboro, a select 
school, and at Wolfboro Academy. He then 
went to work in the machine shop of the Cole 
Manufacturing Company, with whom he re- 
mained some ten years. During three of 
these years he was travelling for the fiim, 
doing general repairs, and putting up new 
work. On leaving their employment, in April, 
1874, he and Horace Bugbee opened his 
present dry-goods store in Lakeport, the style 
of the firm being Bugbee & Smith. They had 
conducted the store together for two and a half 
years when Mr. Smith bought out his partner, 
and has since carried on the business alone. 
He is also interested in the Lakeport Savings 
Bank, of which he is a stockholder. 

Mr. Smith lias been twice marrietj. His 
first union was with Miss Eliza E. Gardner, 
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marriage, and who assists in the store, was 
graduated from tlie I.aconia High School in 
1896, and after a year of rest from study will 
enter college. Mr. Smith's present wife was 
before marriage Miss Carrie Alice Bryant, of 
Tamworth, N.H. In political affiliation Mr. 
Smith, like his father, is a Republican. 
While not an office-seeker, he has served as 
Town Clerk, and has been a Justice of the 
Peace for several years. Since he was twenty- 
one years of age he has been a member of 
Chocorua Lodge, No. 5t, I. O. O. F., the dif- 
ferent chairs of which he has filled. 



fsTlOHN N. HAINES, a well-known man- 
ufacturer of Strafford County, who owns 
and operates a cotton and waste mill in 
Somersworth, was born here, June 15, 1848, 
son of John S. and Theodate (Nowell) Haines. 
The father, who was born in Greenland, N.H., 
came to Somersworth with his parents when 
about fifteen years of age. He first worked 
for the Great Falls Manufacturing Company, 
continuing with them until 1861. Then he 
established the business that his son now 
owns, and carried it on until his death, at the 
age of si.xty-five. He was appointed Postmas- 
ter of Great Falls (now Somersworth) by Pres- 
ident Lincoln, and afterward held the office 
for about eleven years. He was also a mem- 
ber of the General Court, was County Treas- 
urer, and at various times filled several of the 
minor town offices. Though a poor boy when 
he started upon his business career, he 
achieved fair pecuniary success, and was 
highly esteemed as a citizen. His widow, 
Theodate (Nowell) Haines, who was born in 
Sanford, Me., about seventy-four years ago, 
resides on the old homestead in Somersworth, 
and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, with which her husband was identified. 



.Si.x children were born to them, namely: 
John N., the subject of this sketch; Leonora, 
now the wife of J. W. Bates, a merchant in 
Somersworth ; Theodate, who married Charles 
H. Gridley, and lives in Elmira, N.Y. ; 
Charles S., who died when two years old; 
Fred Sumner, who is engaged in business in 
Rochester, Minn. ; and Mary C, now the wife 
of the Rev. Sherod Soule, of Naugatuck, 
Conn. 

John N. Haines, the eldest child, attended 
the common schools and Great Falls High 
School, graduating from the latter in 1S66, 
and then studied at Dummer Academy, By- 
field, Mass., for two years. Upon leaving 
school he went to sea, having received an ap- 
pointment as officer in the United States 
Navy on the "Plymouth," and was gone four 
years. During this time he visited many 
places of interest, including the North and 
Baltic Seas, the South American and African 
coasts and the West Indies. On returning 
home he resigned his position, and became a 
clerk in a fancy-goods store in Boston. Three 
or four years later he returned to Somersworth, 
and was here engaged in the coal and wood 
business until his father's death in 1S85. 
He then took charge of the mill business, 
which he still carries on successfully. 

On January 15, 1881, Mr. Haines married 
Miss Matilda S. Page, of this place. He is a 
Republican in politics, and for some years has 
been an active worker for his party. He is 
now serving his second term as County Com- 
missioner. He was Selectman in 1885 and 
1886. His relations with fraternal organiza- 
tions include membership in Libanus Lodge, 
No. 49, F. & A. M. ; Prospect Lodge, No. 
13, K. of P., both of Somersworth; and in 
Dover Lodge of Elks. He was State Grand 
Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias in 
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RTHUR S. LADD, who ranks among 
the foremost agriculturists of Bel- 
mont, was born in this town, Janu- 
ary 17, 1838, son of Langdon and Sylvania 
(Colby) Ladd. 

The remote ancestors of the Ladd family are 
said to have gone to England with William 
the Conqueror from Normandy. Daniel Ladd, 
a native of England, the first of the name in 
America, settled at an early date in Ipswich, 
Mass., receiving a grant of land in 1637, and 
later moved to Haverhill, where his son 
Nathaniel was born. Nathaniel Ladd settled 
in Exeter, N. H., when a young man; and 
his son, Nathaniel, Jr., was long a resident 
of that town. A brick house that he erected 
is still standing, and is owned by Dr. John 
Perry. 

Edward Ladd, son of Nathaniel, Jr., settled 
in Belmont, and cleared a farm from the wil- 
derness. He married Catherine Thing, daugh- 
ter of Samuel Thing; and their son, Colonel 
Samuel Ladd, was the great-grandfather of the 
subject of this sketch. Colonel Samuel Ladd 
built and owned the first saw-mill in what is 
now Laconia. In 1768 he married Abigail 
Flanders, who died in 1803. Edward Ladd, 
second, son of Colonel Samuel, and grand- 
father of Arthur S. , settled upon what has 
since been known as Ladd Hill in the town of 
Belmont. The house in which he lived was 
built by his father, and is now occupied by his 
grandson, the subject of this sketch. Grand- 
father Ladd died in early manhood, from the 
effects of a fall from his horse. He married 
Hannah Hoyt, of Sanbornton, N. H. 

Their son, Langdon Ladd, Arthur S. Iladd's 
father, was born in Belmont in 181 i. He was 
nine years old when his father died, and when 
old enough he took charge of the home farm. 
He was an active and industrious farmer, and 
resided at the old homestead until his death, 



which occurred in 1887. I'oliticall)-, he was 
a Democrat; and in 1874 he was a member of 
the New Hampshire House of Representa- 
tives. His wife, Sylvania Colby, who was a 
daughter of Barnard Colby, of Sanbornton, be- 
came the mother of nine children, four of 
whom died in infancy. The others were: 
Arthur S., the subject of this sketch; Martha 
A. ; Grace C. ; Allen Y.; and Emma J. All 
acquired a good education. Martha A., who 
taught school for some time, married for her 
first husband Charles Gale, of Massachusetts, 
and for her second husband, Martin W. Strat- 
ton. She removed to Reading, Kan., where 
she died in 1895. Grace C. Ladd married 
Joseph Pitman, of Laconia, N.H.; Allen Y. 
married Kate Bennett, of Gilford; and Emma 
J. died April 3, 1870. 

Arthur S. Ladd acciuired his elementary ed- 
ucation in the district school, and later began 
an academic course, but was obliged to relin- 
quish his studies on account of his father's 
failing health. He manages the farm with 
good judgment, and aside from general hus- 
bandry has been quite extensively engaged in 
stock-raising. He succeeded to the ownership 
of the property at his father's death, and he 
also possesses other real estate in this 
vicinity. 

In February, 1S67, Mr. Ladd was united in 
marriage with Ellen M. Porter. She is a 
daughter of Irad and Letta (Knapp) Porter, 
both of whom were born in Lyman, N. H. 
Mr. Porter died at the Ladd homestead, aged 
eighty-four years. His family was of Scotch 
descent. Mrs. Porter was a daughter of Elijah 
Knapp, who settled with his family on a tract 
of wild land in Lyman, N.IL, and lived in a 
log house until a frame dwelling could be 
erected. Mrs. Ladd attended the academy in 
Haverhill, N.H., in her girlhood, and subse- 
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vicinity. At the time of her marriage she 
was residing in Laconia, N.H. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ladd have three daughters: 
namely, Edith S., Florence E. , and Candace 
r., all of whom have attended the Laconia 
High School. Edith S. Ladd was graduated 
in 1885, and was salutatorian of her class. 
She taught school for two years in Belmont, 
and is now the wife of J. Edward Phelps, of 
Laconia. Candace P. Ladd was graduated in 
1893, and was the valedictorian of her class. 
She is now teaching in Sanbornton. 

Mr. Ladd never took any active interest in 
politics until 1896, when he was the Demo- 
cratic candidate for Representative to the leg- 
islature, and, although the town is strongly 
Republican, made a good showing for his 
party. He is a member of the First Baptist 
Church in Laconia, and has been a Deacon for 
the past ten years. 



(^^AMES WALKER, a well-known mer- 
chant of East Rochester, where he is a 
prosperous dealer in groceries and 
crockery, was born in Fryeburg, Me., August 
14, 1827, son of Samuel Walker. His grand- 
father, Samuel Walker (first), who went from 
Concord, N.H., was one of the pioneers of 
Fryeburg. The father, who was born in 1788, 
under the same roof as James, spent his life in 
his native town chiefly engaged in farming, 
the occupation to which he was reared, and 
was one of the most successful farmers of his 
day. His homestead of seventy-five acres of 
land was beautifully located on the banks of 
the Saco River, which furnishes the water- 
power for so many of the busy factories and 
mills of that portion of the State. He was a 
conscientious, upright man, respected by all, 
and at his death, in i860, left the record of a 
long life well spent. In early manhood he 



was identified with the Democratic party, but 
later he became a Republican. He served for 
a number of years as Selectman of F'ryeburg, 
besides which he held at different times all 
the minor offices of the town. His wife, in 
maidenhood Nancy Stevens, who was likewise 
a native of P^ryeburg, reared six children, of 
whom James, the subject of this sketch, is the 
only survivor. 

James Walker grew to manhood on the old 
homestead, obtaining his education in the dis- 
trict school. At the age of twenty he ac- 
cepted a position on the Grand Trunk Rail- 
way, and for the following twelve years was 
employed in the construction department. 
Then he worked for three years on the home 
farm, after which he resumed his connection 
with the Grand Trunk. In 1863 Mr. Walker 
went to Middle Tennessee, where he was in 
the employment of the government repairing 
railroad bridges. Two years later he returned 
to Fryeburg; and in 1866 he formed a partner- 
ship with J. A. Farrington, with whom he 
established himself in the grocery and dry- 
goods business at Somersworth, N.H. In 
1869 the business was removed to East 
Rochester, and in the following year the 
partnership was dissolved. Since then, 
Mr. Walker, with the exception of eighteen 
months' association with T. J. Manning, has 
carried the business on in his own name. 

Mr. Walker was married in September, 
1866, to Miss Marion E. P'arrington, daughter 
of Jeremiah Farrington, of Conway, N.H. 
His children are: Fred A., who is employed 
on the editorial staff of the lioslon Jo //ma/, 
and resides in Boston; and Jessie M., a 
teacher in the public schools of Rochester. 
Mr. Walker is a liberal giver toward the sup- 
port of the Methodist Episcopal church, which 
he and his family attend. In politics he gives 
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in local and national affairs. lie is a member 
of Humane Lodge, No. 21, A. F. & A. M., of 
Rochester; and of Cocheco Lodge, No. 39, 
I. O. of O. F. , of East Rochester, in which 
he has for several years been Treasurer. 




rrs |RS. MARY A. LOUGEE, of Gil- 
manton, N.H., was born in this 
town, December 21, 1829. Her 
parents were Samuel S. and Mary (Dimond) 
Young. Her grandfather, Joseph Young, was 
one of the early settlers of the country ; and a 
somewhat detailed account of his life will be 
found in the sketch of Jonathan Young. 

Samuel S. Young was a native of Gilman- 
ton. After his marriage he settled on a 
farm one and one-half miles from his birth- 
place. His wife was a daughter of Isaac 
Dimond, of Loudon, N.H. They began life 
with a farm, two dollars in cash, a yoke of 
o.xen, and a colt, their modest possessions, 
however, not being free from encumbrance. 
Mr. Young was by trade a carpenter; and he 
worked for some time in Lowell, thus earning 
money to pay off their debt. Returning to 
Gilmanton, he engaged in general farming 
during the latter part of his life, and succeeded 
in accumulating some property. He was a 
man of regular habits, careful judgment, and 
exemplary Christian character. Both he and 
his wife were devoted members of the Meth- 
odist church. They were of even disposition, 
kind-hearted, and believed in educating their 
children. They had a family of five, one son 
and four daughters; namely, Isaac, Judith, 
Sarah, Mary, and Abby. Isaac Young mar- 
ried Martha Dorr for his first wife, and for his 
second he married Judith Eastman. He has 
since died in Gilmanton. Judith Young died 
at the age of eight years. Sarah married 
H. A. Davis, of Laconia, and died March 20, 



1896. Abby marrietl George Davis, of Farm- 
ington, N.H., and died in 1S62. 

Mary, the subject of this sketch, in her girl- 
hood attended the Laconia Academy, and fitted 
herself for the work of teaching, in which she 
was engaged for twenty-one years. On Feb- 
ruary 27, 1 86 1, she married Charles II. 
Lougee, son of Dudley Lougee, of Gilmanton. 
The immigrant ancestor of the Lougees of 
Gilmanton was John Lougee, a native of the 
Isle of Jersey, who is said to have come to 
America in the time of Queen Anne's War. 
He was taken captive by the Indians, but 
escaped. Nehemiah Lougee, son of John, 
Jr., and Molly (Leavitt) Lougee, and grandson 
of the first John, married Mary Marsh, and was 
the father of Dudley Lougee, above named. 
Charles Lougee enlisted in the Twelfth New 
Hampshire Regiment, Comjjany B, and died 
in 1S63 in Washington, D.C., from a disease 
contracted when in the army. He is survived 
by his wife and one child, Abby L. , who is at 
present living on the homestead with her 
mother. Mrs. Lougee and her daughter are 
both members of the Free Will Baptist 
church. 



sf|-OHN BICKFORD, a veteran agricultu- 
rist of Strafford County, whose farm of 
one hundred and seventy-five acres is 
located on the "ten-rod road," in the part of 
Rochester bordering on the Farmington line, 
was born on his present homestead, December 
22, 1 8 14. His father, John Bickford, Sr. , 
was born in Rochester, a son of Jethro Bick- 
ford, who was one of the petitioners for Roch- 
ester's charter in 1722. The father was en- 
gaged in agricultural pursuits during his active 
years, and died on the family homestead at a 
comparatively early age in 1S27. He was an 
honest, hard-working man, tlevoted to the care 
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politics, though he invariably cast his vote for 
the Democratic candidates. Me married Lucy 
Ikovvn, of Great Falls; and of their nine chil- 
dren, John, the subject of this sketch, is the 
only survivor. 

John IJickford, like the majority of the 
farmers' sons of that time, attended the dis- 
trict schools when not needed at home. Left 
fatherless while yet in his teens, he was 
then compelled to assume responsibilities be- 
yond his years. Before attaining his majority 
he took charge of the home farm, and was for 
many years e.Ntensively engaged in farming, 
linnbering, and dairying. Possessing much 
enterprise and untiring energy, he also em- 
barked in other industries. He owned and 
successfully operated a saw-mill for some 
years, also a sash and blind factory at Gonic. 
He has not swerved from the political faith in 
which he was reared, the Democratic party 
finding in him one of its firmest supporters. 
He was Selectman of Rochester for one year, 
and likewise served it as Road Surveyor. He 
belongs to Rochester Grange ; but of late years, 
owing to his impaired hearing, he has taken 
no active part in its meetings. 

Mr. Bickford was married to Miss liannah 
Demerritt, of Farmington, a daughter of Mark 
Demerritt. They have five sons, namely: 
Charles \V., the Postmaster of Rochester; 
Daniel C, of p-armington ; John PL, of Roch- 
ester ; Ileibert P., at home; and Edward R., 
who carries on the farm with his atred father. 




^TIS BEAM AN, who spent nearly half 
a century in mercantile business in 
Laconia, where he died October lo, 
'^79, aged seventy-si.x years and seven months, 
was born in Grafton, Vt., March 6, 1803, a 
son of Peter and Mary (Stone) Beaman. Plis 
parents had nine children, four sons and five 



daughters, he being the last in order of 
birth. 

He attended the common schools of Grafton, 
Vt., for a short time during his boyhood, but 
was for the most part self-educated. On leav- 
ing home he went to Boston, where he worked 
in the E.xchange Coffee House five years as a 
porter. Returning to New Hampshire, he 
located in Hillsborough, and, in company 
with his brother Alexander, embarked in the 
mercantile business under the firm name of 
Beaman Brothers. About two years later, in 
1832, he came to Laconia, and was here suc- 
cessfully engaged in the same line of business 
until his death. A portion of. this time, in 
company with his brother and a Mr. Eastman, 
he was interested in the manufacture of cotton 
goods, being located for a time in the brick 
mill opposite Busiel's Mill. 

On May 21, 1833, the year after he came to 
Laconia, Mr. Beaman married Emma J. Rob- 
bins, daughter of Zachariah Robbins. Her 
father was a Revolutionary patriot, who took 
part in many of the principal battles during 
the struggle for independence. He was first 
a member of Colonel Prescott's regiment, and 
later served on the "Wentworth," a privateer. 
When he left the army, after the engagement 
at Newburg, N.Y. , he had risen to the rank of 
Ensign. He was a farmer by occupation, and 
resided in Hillsborough, in the same neigh- 
borhood as the father of e.\-Governor Pierce. 
He lived to be seventy-six years old. Mr. 
and Mrs. Beaman had three children, all of 
whom were born in Meredith Bridge, now 
Laconia, namely: George Otis, who died 
June 16, 1895, aged si.xty years; Emma J., 
wife of Frank J. Osgood, residing in Laconia; 
and Edward ¥., who was associated in busi- 
ness with his father for a number of years. 

In political affiliation Mr. Beaman was in 
his early years a Whig and later a Republican. 



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For some years he was a Director in the Mere- 
dith Savings Bank. He was a member of 
Winnipiseogee Lodge, No. 7, I. O. O. F. , of 
Laconia, joining six months after its organiza- 
tion, and also of the Congregational church, in 
which he held the office of Deacon. 




fp\RS. SARAff DAVISON, a lady 
of refinement, benevolent and [uib- 
lic-spirited, and worthy of the 
good fortune that has come to her in life, is 
one of the most respected residents of San- 
bornton. Born here April 9, 1836, daughter 
of Edward and Phcebe (Morrison) Evans, she 
was married November 16, 1S70, to Beniah 
Bryant Davison. After her marriage she con- 
tinued to live with her parents; and her home 
is still the family residence, one of the finest 
in Sanbornton. Mr. Davison, a son of Josiah 
Davison, of Rye, N.H., was born in Holder- 
ness, N.H., July 13, 1835, and was educated 
in the schools of that town. When quite 
young he went to Boston, where he was after- 
ward employed for many years. In politics 
he is a Republican. He is a member of Mas- 
sachusetts Lodge, No. I ; and Massasoit En- 
campment, No. I, I. O. O. F., of Boston. 

By both parents Mrs. Davison comes of hon- 
orable ancestry. On her mother's side she 
traces her genealogy to David Morrison, who 
is said to have been a settler in one of the 
early British colonies south of Massachusetts. 
He was previously one of the Scotch settlers 
of the north of Ireland, who were driven under 
the walls of Londonderry prior to the siege of 
that town in 1688 and 1689. The Morrisons 
of Sanbornton, as well as those of London- 
derry and Peterboro, N. H., are probably de- 
scendants of David Morrison. David's son 
John, the great-great-grandfather of Mrs. Da- 
vison, lived in Haverhill, Mass., and died 



there in 1765 or 1766. The ne.vt in line was 
another David, also born in Haverhill, who 
came to Belknap County about the year 1784. 
and located on Salmon ]5rook. His first wife, 
in maidenhood Keziah Whittle, daughter of 
Thomas Whittle, who came from tiie Isle of 
Wight, was a noted singer. David Morrison, 
Jr., grandfather of Mrs. Davison, born in 
1765, married Sarah, daughter of David Dus- 
tin, a descendant of the heroine, Mrs. Hannah 
Dustin. 

Mrs. Davison's father, Edward Evans, who 
was born in Salisbury in 1795, received a good 
education. P'rom his fifteenth year until he 
was thirty-two he was engaged in teaching 
school at Andover, Sanbornton, and Danbury. 
In the latter part of his life his principal oc- 
cupation was farming. After first settling in 
Danbury he came to Sanbornton, where he re- 
mained until his death, which occurred in 1872. 
He purchased the farm of si.xty-five acres 
now owned by Mrs. Davison. As a farmer 
he was eminently successful. He possessed 
much executive ability, and would have made 
his mark in any line of business. While in 
the town of Danbury he served in a number 
of public capacities, and in Sanbornton he 
acceptably discharged the duties of Selectman, 
He attended and supported the I'irst Baptist 
Church of Sanbornton. Prominent in busi- 
ness and social life, he was also held in high 
esteem by a large circle of friends. 

Mrs. Davison's paternal grandfather was 
Edward Evans, Adjutant of the Second Regi- 
ment of the New Hampshire contingent in the 
Revolutionary War. It is sup[50sed that Ad- 
jutant Evans, who was of English or Welsh 
descent, was born in Sligo, Ireland, in 1736. 
The following account of him is taken from a 
local paper: "He was of fine personal appear- 
ance, of medium height, rather spare built, 
had an excellent education, and was an accom- 



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plished linguist. He came to America about 
the year 1760, settled in Chester, tliis State, 
where he was a school teacher, and known as 
Master Evans. In 1769 he married Sarah 
Flagg, daughter of the distinguished parson of 
Chester, the Rev. Ebenezer Flagg. Twelve 
children were the result of this marriage. 
Mrs. Evans is remembei-ed as being a woman 
of marked sweetness of character, of an ami- 
able disposition, and well favored with natural 
endowments. At the breaking out of the Rev- 
olution Mr. Evans lived in Salisbury, and was 
the schoolmaster of that town. Espousing the 
cause of freedom for his adopted country, Mr. 
Evans enlisted May 23, 1775, as a private in 
the First New Hampshire Regiment, in Cap- 
tain Joshua Abbot's company, under the com- 
mand of Colonel John Stark. Stark's regi- 
ment soon went into camp at Medford, Mass. ; 
and, on the 17th of June following, orders 
came to re-enforce Colonel Prcscott at Bunker 
Hill, and ' to oppose the enemy, who were 
landing on Charlestown Point.' In the battle 
that followed, the position of Colonel Stark's 
men was left of the redoubt, behind a rail 
fence. This line, protecting the flank of 
Colonel Prescott's troops, was the key to the 
position; and two desperate attacks at this 
point, by the very flower of the regular British 
army, led by General Howe in person, were 
repulsed. The New Hampshire men fought 
with the utmost bravery. Covering the retreat 
of Colonel Prescott, after their small stock of 
ammunition was exhausted, they retired from 
the field still unconc[uered. Subsequently 
Mr. P^vans was a private in the regiments of 
Colonel Timothy Bedel, Colonel Thomas 
Stickney, Colonel Joseph Cilley, and Colonel 
David Hobart. He took part in the expedi- 
tion to Canada, was at Ticonderoga, and in 
the battles of Bennington, Princeton, Trenton, 
and Saratoga. 



"On the 1 8th of July, 1777, Mr. Evans was 
commissioned Atljutant in the Second New 
Hampshire Regiment of militia. The follow- 
ing is the staff-roll, July, 1777: Thomas 
Stickney, Colonel; Nathaniel Emerson, Eieu- 
tenant Colonel ; Bradbury Richardson, Major; 
James Head, Second Major; Edward Evans, 
Adjutant; William Clements, Quartermaster; 
Josiah Chase, Surgeon; Daniel Peterson, Sur- 
geon's Mate. At the battle of ]?ennington, 
fought August 16, 1777, Mr. Evans was on 
the staff of Colonel Thomas Stickney in Gen- 
eral Stark's brigade. Stark so divided his 
force as to attack the enemy in front, on both 
flanks, and in the rear at the same time. Ad- 
jutant P3vans led one of the detachments, en- 
gaging the Hessians on their right wing. 
The entrenchments of the enemy were taken. 
Colonel Baum was killed, and most of his 
force were made prisoners. General Stark 
said of this battle, 'It lasted two hours, and 
was the hottest I ever saw. ' 

"Mr. Evans served until the close of the 
war, and was then honorably discharged. 
While in service he received a wound in the 
ankle, which did not heal for several years. 
After the war ended he returned to Salisbury, 
bought with his Continental scrip the Buzzell 
farm, and built a house there. Mr. Evans 
spared no pains to educate his own children. 
They took their books into the fields, where 
after working for a time they withdrew to the 
shade of a tree, where he taught them to write, 
using birch bark instead of paper, and doing 
their 'sums ' on the same material. When 
'Master' Evans became unsuited for teaching 
by reason of age, he moved to Franklin on the 
river road, near his eldest son Josiah. Here 
he died May 26, 18 18, aged eighty-two years. 
A descendant of Lieutenant Edward Evans 
has recently placed a bronze marker over his 
grave in the Simonds Cemetery, Franklin. 




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Tins marker is the emblem used by the Massa- 
chusetts Society, Sons of the American Revo- 
lution, to designate the last resting-place of 
our Revolutionary patriots. At the top of a 
rod is the cross of the Order of St. Louis, 
about one foot in diameter, back of which is a 
laurel wreath, all of bronze metal. Each arm 
of the cross contains a letter of the inscrip- 
tion, 'S. A. R. ' (Soldier of the American 
Revolution), the lower arm having the date 
'1775.' The centre is a medallion in which, 
in relief, is the figure of a minute-man stand- 
ing by the side of a plough, surrounded by 
thirteen stars." 

The other children of Mrs. Davison's 
parents were: Ransom F., Edward D., Lucy 
Ann, Susan, George S. , and Ellen ¥. Ran- 
som F., the eldest son, was born in 1S24. 
When about twenty years of age, he went to 
Boston, and was in the employ of his uncle on 
a farm for about a year. He then went to 
work in Faneuil Hall Market for the firm of 
Sands & Craft. After some years the firm 
changed to Sands, Furber & Co., and young 
Mr. Evans became one of the partners, retain- 
ing that relation until his death in 1896. He 
was widely known and esteemed among prod- 
uce dealers, being intimately identified with 
the market for more than fifty years. At the 
time of his death he was a member of the Bos- 
ton Chamber of Commerce and of the Boston 
Fruit and Produce Exchange. In the Handel 
and Haydn Society he was one of the oldest 
members. He was a self-made man, having: 
begun life a poor boy, and having accjuired a 
large property entirely through his own efforts. 
Always entertaining a strong affection for his 
New Hampshire home, he did much to improve 
the old homestead. Edward D. Evans is now 
deceased. Lucy Ann married Jacob Fottler, 
of Boston. At one time the book-keeper for 
Sands, Furber & Co., when the two senior 



partners died, Mr. l'\)ttler was taken into the 
firm by his brother-in-law; and since Mr. 
Evans's death he, with two other partners, has 
continued the business. Susan and George S. 
Evans are also deceased. Ellen F., the young- 
est child, who was born in 1845, attended the 
New Hampshire Conference Seminary at Til- 
ton. Afterward, at the age of si.xteen, having 
previously shown a remarkable talent for 
music, she went to Boston to study with a 
celebrated teacher; but after a time ill health 
obliged her to relinquish her hopes in this 
direction. Later in life she became inter- 
ested in painting, and in that art also showed 
a natural genius. Her pictures in oil and 
water colors are characterized by a refined 
artistic taste. A portrait of Mrs. Davison's 
father, Edward Evans, and one of her brother, 
Ransom F. Evans, accompany this sketch. 



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FORGE F. SANBORN, of Meredith, 
yPj] President of the Paris Night Robe 
Company, and an ex-niember of the 
New Hampshire legislature, was born in this 
town, August 17, 1857, son of Dr. George 
and Sophronia (Stockbridge) Sanborn. His 
grandfather. Squire Samuel G. Sanborn, a 
prosperous farmer and a lifelong resident of 
Gilford, N. H., was prominent in the affairs of 
that town. Of his sons, George entered the 
medical profession; and W. A. Sanborn be- 
came widely and favorably known as cajitain 
of " Steamer Lady of the Lake. " 

George Sanborn, M. D., the father of George 
F. , was born in Gilford, October 27, 1820. 
Having completed his early education at 
Franklin Academy, he pursued courses at 
FLarvard and Dartmouth Colleges, graduating 
from the latter with the degree of Doctor of 
Medicine. After he had practised his profes- 
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moved to Mcixxlith, where he was a leading 
physician fur thirty years. His practice, 
which extended over a circuit of fifteen miles, 
kept him constantly busy. Respected for his 
hisih character and ability, he was elected 
legislative Representative of Meredith for 
two terms. He also served with efificiency as 
Town Treasurer and superintendent of schools 
for a number of years. His wife, Sophronia 
B., was born in Alton, N. H., daughter of 
George Stockbridge His only child is George 
F., the subject of this sketch. 

George F. Sanborn received his elementary 
education in the public schools. He subse- 
quently attended the New Hampton Institute 
and Tilton Seminary. After his studies were 
completed he engaged in the printing business, 
and established the Meredith Xncs, a weekly 
paper, which he carried on for twelve years, 
and which was the first one printed in Mere- 
dith. In 1883, while still publishing the 
A'e7C's, he entered the drug business, which he 
still follows, having a thriving trade in that 
line. In 1896 the Paris Night Robe Company 
was organized and incorporated, and he was 
elected its President. Under the able direc- 
tion of its ofificial head the business of this 
concern is developing rapidly. At present 
its output facilities are tested to their fullest 
capacity. Mr. Sanborn is also the Manager of 
the Meredith Electric Light Company, and is 
quite extensively interested in the coal trade. 
Common opinion represents him as one of the 
most progressive young business men of the 
town. 

On December 10, 1885, Mr. Sanborn was 
united in marriage with Charlotte J. French, 
daughter of John B. French, of Meredith. He 
has one child, Royden W. In politics he has 
voted with the Democratic party since he came 
of age. He served as Moderator at town meet- 
ings for some years. In 1885 he was elected 



a member of the New Hampshire House of 
Representatives, in which he served with 
ability for one term, and was appointed upon 
the Committee on Military Affairs. When 
the Hoard of Water Commissioners was estab- 
lished, he was elected President of that body; 
and he still serves in that capacity. 




lARLl^S ESTES, a manufacturer of 
agricultural implements at Rochester, 
was born November 20, 1830, at 
North Berwick, Me., a son of John listes. 
He comes of English ancestry, the emigrant 
ancestor having been Richard Iistes, who 
settled in North Berwick at a very early 
period. Jedediah, son of Henry Pastes, born 
in that town, was the grandfather of Charles. 
John Estes, who was a plough-maker by trade, 
had an iron foundry in Berwick for many years. 
In 1840 he transferred his residence and busi- 
ness interests to Rochester, N.H., remaining 
there until his death in 1S89, at the venerable 
age of eighty-seven years. He was a man of 
enterprise and business ability and a valued 
member of the Republican party. A pillar of 
the Society of Friends, he was always inter- 
ested in its welfare, and contributed liberally 
to its support. In his estimation there was no 
religious creed comparable to that of the 
P'riends. He married Abiah Green, o.f Straf- 
ford, and they reared four children ; namely, 
Charles, Edwin T. , Simon G., and Albert. 

Charles Estes completed his education at the 
Friends' School in Providence, R.I., at the 
age of nineteen years. Returning then to 
Rochester, he worked with his father for two 
years, and was afterward for some years 
engaged in the foundry business in various 
places, including the cities of Dover, N. H., 
Lowell, Mass., Lawrence, Mass., the Charles- 
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Fitchburg, Mass., and Woonsockct and Provi- 
dence, R.I. Going in i S64 to the Pacific 
Coast, he spent six months in Sacramento, 
Cal., and then for eight months was engaged 
in mining at Virginia City, Nev. He subse- 
quently made a short stay in Oakland, Cal., 
and the following year worked in the Montana 
mines, afterward travelling through the differ- 
ent States of the West for a time. In 1867 he 
returned to Rochester, took charge of his 
father's plant, and has since carried on a sub- 
stantial business as a manufacturer of agricult- 
ural implements of all kinds. Mr. Estes is 
a man of intelligence and capability, upright 
in his dealings and prompt in his support of 
whatever, in his opinion, is calculated to 
advance the welfare of the town and com- 
munity. He cast his first Presidential vote 
for John P. Hale, and since that time has been 
identified with the Republican party. P'or 
two years he served as Selectman in Roches- 
ter. He was also Surveyor for a time, and 
held other offices. 

Mr. Estes was married in 1S52 to Miss 
Mercy Varney, daughter of Israel H. and 
Sarah (Knowles) Varney, of Rochester. They 
have seven children, namely: Helen E., the 
wife of Joseph H. Clark; Charles K., of 
Providence, R. I. ; Florello, a physician, who 
is now in Switzerland; Almeda, who died at 
the age of si.xteen ; Albert V., who died at the 
age of twenty-five; John F., of Hyde Park, 
Mass. ; and Adaline S., the wife of William 
Wright, an attorney-at-law, of Rochester. 
Mr. Ivstes and his family attend the religious 
meetine:s of the I"'ricnds, of Rochester. 



iOLONEL GEORGE W. STEVEN.S, 
at one time a prominent lawyer of I.a- 
conia, was born at Hill, N. H., No- 
vember 16, 1 8 14, son of Eben Stevens, a 




farmer of Hill. His mother, who came from 
Hampton, lived to the venerable age of ninety- 
five. The father continued his active life on 
the farm until a short lime jirevious tn his 
death. At one time he was a member of the 
State legislature. They had five children, of 
whom Hiram, the eldest, became a I^aptist 
minister, and died at Meredith Village; Lo- 
renzo D. was a farmer of Franklin; Cutting, 
the third son, was Captain of a company in the 
Seminole War in Florida, and afterward 
settled in the West ; George W. is the subject 
of this sketch ; aiid Chase, who was connected 
with a Manchester woollen-mill, served as a 
non-commissioned officer of the Fourth New 
Hampshire Regiment during the late war. 

The educational advantages of his day hav- 
ing been limited, the schooling of George W. 
Stevens was confined to the short winter term 
in the district schools of Hill. His father, 
absorbed in agriculture, wished his son to 
take up farming life; but the boy was of a 
studious temperament, and was resolved to ob- 
tain a higher education in spite of obstacles. 
He studied early and late, and by persistent 
apjjlication to his books he qualified himself to 
teach school. From this he became able to 
commence the study of law in the office of 
Judge Ncsmith at I'ranklin. ITpmi his ad- 
mittance to the bar he bought the practice of 
Judge Warren Lovell, of Meredith, where he 
remained until he came to Laconia in 1S55. 
Here he was associated with Jeremiah Elkins, 
under the firm name of l{lkins & Stevens, and 
later with O. A. J. Vaughan. After one or 
two more changes he formed a copartnership 
with C. F. Stone, a relation which continued 
until his retirement from practice, June 17, 
1S73. He marrieil Sarah A., daughter of 
Thomas Davenport, of Mereilith, whose family 
was among the first settlers of the place. Of 
the four children born to them, three are liv- 



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ing, namely: Georgianna, who mairied M. C. 
Boynton, a dry-goods merchant of Boston ; 
Klhi, now Mrs. M. K. Harkncss, of Salt Lake 
City, Utah ; and George Edward, who was 
educated at Tilton Seminary, New London 
Academy, and New Hampton Academy, is 
now married, resides in Laconia, and is the 
Superintendent of the Winthrop Hosiery Mills. 

Colonel Stevens died October 2, 1877, two 
years after his wife, whose death occurred No- 
vember 10, 1875. They were both active 
workers during the Civil War. The forming 
of the Twelfth New Hampshire Regiment was 
largely due to his untiring efforts; and Mrs. 
Stevens was prominent as President of the 
Soldiers' Aid Society, which did so much for 
the comfort of our brave soldiers. Colonel 
Stevens was President of the Belknap County 
Bar Association for some time previous to his 
death. He was one of the founders of the 
Unitarian Society in Laconia, and of those 
who took an active part in the erection of the 
church. A Democrat in politics, he repre- 
sented Laconia for a time in the legislature. 
Colonel Stevens was a man of the strongest 
individuality. A brother lawyer, long asso- 
ciated with him, gives the following word por- 
trait of the Colonel : — 

"As a lawyer and a neighbor I have known 
him since 1859. He was a magnificent-look- 
ing man at his best, tall, heavy, with a Web- 
sterian head and a high, massive forehead. 
He possessed a flexible, agreeable voice, and 
was a profound thinker, being recognized as 
one of the ablest thinkers of his day through- 
out the State. No man was more impressive 
as an advocate or before an audience. Seen 
in the court-room at his leisure, he was disap 
pointing, and in his ordinary work he did not 
e.xcel ; but with the eccentricity of genius, 
once aroused and interested in the cause he 
championed, he would descend like an ava- 



lanche upon his unlucky opponents, and in a 
whirlwind of eloquence carry everything before 
him. Erratic, he would maintain a ]:)n.sition 
with zeal in trying a case, which he would 
suddenly abandon; and he was quite likely 
to do his most brilliant work on cases involv- 
ing the smallest sums, while the most impor- 
tant causes would be treated with inattention. 
Like most men of genius, he possessed whims. 
He always read the dissenting opinions of the 
court, feeling that they had something of 
worth. He was a bold free-thinker, and read 
such authors as Buckle, Lecky, Herbert Spen- 
cer, and Jdhn Stuart Mill, grasping their 
thoughts with a mental power that carried him 
oftentimes far beyond the conceptions of these 
weight)' minds. Colonel Stevens was at his 
best in his thirties, maturing early in life. 
He was public-spirited, and labored always for 
the interests of the town. He wanted good 
churches, good hotels, good roads, develop- 
ment of water-power, and worked hard to attain 
these ends. He had no quarrel with any 
creed. He was familiar with the Bible and 
the commentaries thereon, and revelled in log- 
ical fields. He was a man of the most upright 
moral character and a kind husband, though 
home interests meant less to him than to 
many. His heart was in his efforts for the 
good of town. State, and country; and, in the 
death of this original and brilliant man New 
Hampshire lost one of whom she may be justly 
proud." 

RANK HOLT, a retired hosiery manu- 
facturer of Lakeport, Belknap County, 
N.H., was born in Leicester, Leices- 
tershire, England, in 1827, son of William 
and Sarah (Hospool) Holt. William Holt 
was a native of the same English town, where 
he was engaged in dyeing and cleansing 
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overwork, at the age of forty-nine years, leav- 
ing four children. 

Frank Holt, who was the third child of his 
parents, acquired a good education in England, 
and also learned the manufacture of hosiery. 
He came to America in 1853, at first locating 
in Philadelphia, where he worked about a year 
and eight months in the factories of Wiah Co.x 
and Edward Wade. He then went to Frank- 
lin, N.H., where he was employed as over- 
seer in Thomas Appleton's mill until it was 
destroyed by fire in 1856. The following 
year he came to Fake \'illage, now Lakeport, 
finding work in another mill owned by Mr. 
Appletoii. In 1877 he began manufacturing 
for himself, and three years later became asso- 
ciated with Mr. John Lee in the proprietorship 
of the Bayside Mill, the firm conducting 
business under the style of Frank Holt & Co. 
This partnership lasted until 1892, when Mr. 
Holt disposed of his interest and retired from 
business. 

In 1848 Mr. Holt married Anna, daughter of 
John and Mary (Waters) Iliffe, of Inkley, 
Leicestershire, England. Three children are 
the result of their union — Mary, Sarah, and 
William. The two daughters still reside at 
home with their father; while William is a 
resident of Meriden, Conn. Mrs. Holt died 
in July, 1888. In politics Mr. Holt is a Re- 
publican. He is a member of Chocorua Lodge, 
No. 5r, I. O. O. F. , of Lakeport; and he at- 
tends the F^ree Baptist church. He has been 
successful in acquiring a competence, and is 
enjoying his well-earned retirement. 




HARLES E. MANSON,a well- 



known and respected citizen of East 
Rochester, was born December 20, 
1828, in Great Falls, this State, a son of John 
and Caroline (Lord) Manson. His paternal 



grandfather, John Manson (first), who spent 
his early life in Limington, York County, 
Me., subsequently removed to ICaton, Wash- 
ington County, Me., where he made his per- 
manent home until his death. Nathaniel 
Manson, a seafaring man, and one of the first 
John's brothers, in the War of 1812 was taken 
on board a jirivateer, conveyed to England, 
and confined in Dartmoor Prison for some 
time. 

John Manson, the father of Charles E., came 
to Rochester in 1834, and was engaged in the 
business of carpenter, contractor, and builder 
in this vicinity until his demise in 1869. A 
man of much force of character and quite in- 
fluential in local politics, he was one of the 
six men who bolted from the Whig party and 
formed the Free Soil party. He married Miss 
Caroline Lord, daughter of Benjamin Lord, of 
Berwick, Me. They became the parents of 
four children, as follows: Charles K., the sub- 
ject of this sketch; Sabrina, who died at Great 
Falls in infancy; John, whose death occurred 
at Port Chester, N.Y., at the age of forty-four 
years; and Frank C, of Saxonville, Mass. 

Charles E. Manson received his preliminary 
education in the district schools of Rochester, 
afterward continuing his studies at the Roch- 
ester Academy until sixteen years old. He 
then learned the carpenter's trade from his 
father, with whom he worked for five years. 
In 1851 Mr. Manson entered the factory of 
Messrs. Hall and .Springfield at East Roches- 
ter, where he had charge of the repairs and the 
weaving department until the burning of the 
mill in 1857. Going then with Mr. Spring- 
field to Wolfboro, N. H., he was employed by 
him in the same capacity until 1879. In that 
year Mr. Manson accepted the position of 
superintendent of the Cocheco Woollen Mill 
at East Rochester. Next year he became agent 
for the Cocheco Woollen Manufacturing Com- 



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pany, an important office, which he faithfully 
filled for fifteen years. He practically retired 
from active business then, although he has 
since been connected with the firm of Tibbetts 
& Hayes, lumber dealers of East Rochester. 
Mr. Manson cast liis first Presidential vote in 
1852 for General Scott, and since that time he 
has been a steadfast supporter of the Republi- 
can party. In 1885 and 1886 he served as 
a Representative to the General Court of 
New Hampshire. He belongs to Cocheco 
Lodge, I. O. O. F., of East Rochester; to Hu- 
mane Lodge, F. & A. M., of Rochester; to 
Temple Chapter, R. A. M., Rochester, of 
which he is a charter member; to the Orphan 
Council of Dover; and to Palestine Command- 
ery, K. T., Rochester, of which he is also a 
charter member. Mr. Manson contributes lib- 
erally toward the support of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church of East Rochester, which he 
usually attends. 

In 1849 Mr. Manson married Eliza A. Jel- 
lerson, of Rochester. The fruit of this union 
was one child, George E., born August 31, 
1854. He contracted a second marriage Jan- 
uary 29, 1856, with Mary A. Foss, daughter 
of Benjamin and Patience (Home) Foss, of 
Rochester. By this union he became the 
father of two children, namely: Mary Carrie, 
born June 5, 1859; and Annabell, born Sep- 
tember 17, 1S62, who died September iS, 
1864. 

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"ON. JOHN VV. BUSIEL, for many 
/ears a well-known woollen manu- 
facturer of Laconia, N.H., was born 
at Moultonboro, N.H., March 28, 1815. His 
parents were Moses F. and Relief Busiel, and 
he was the eldest of a family of seven sons and 
one daughter. Five of his brothers are now 
living, namely: Albert H., Lewis F., and 
William M. Busiel, of Laconia; Harrison M. 




Busiel, of East Andover, N. H. ; and George 
H. Busiel, of Providence, R.L 

Mr. Busiel's education was obtained in the 
common schools at a period when country 
boys seldom attended school more than one 
term of eight weeks during the year. P^ager 
for knowledge from the first, he made the most 
of his limited opportunities. He was quick 
to learn ; and what he learned he learned thor- 
oughly, thus building a solitl foundation for 
the acquirements of after years. In his early 
youth he decided to be a woollen manufact- 
urer; and he started out at the age of twelve 
years, with his scanty wardrobe tied up in a 
handkerchief, to walk to Loudon, N.H., where 
he entered the mill of his great-uncle, Lewis 
Flanders, who carded rolls and made flannels 
and cloths used in that period. A boy of ex- 
ceptional energy and determination, he re- 
mained with his uncle until he was nineteen 
years old, seizing ever)' opportunity to learn 
the business, and at the same time proceeding 
methodically with his studies, wliile the other 
boys were "at play. At nineteen years of age, 
with a new suit of clothes and one hundred 
dollars in his pocket, young Busiel left his 
uncle's roof and went to Amesbury, Mass., 
where he was employed in a woollen-mill, and 
completed his trade. Many times during his 
stay in Amesbury he walked home, and out of 
his scanty earnings assisted in maintaining 
the family. 

After completing his period of service in 
Amesbury, he returned to New Hampshire, 
and in a small mill in Meredith, N.H., began 
business for himself. This he carried on for 
the next ten years, carding woollen -rolls for 
hand spinning, and finishing the cloths which 
it was then the custom for the farmers" wives 
to weave. He also began there the manu- 
facture of satinet cloth and knitting yarn. In 
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and here continued to produce these articles. 
This mill was later called the Morrison Mill, 
and upon its site now stands the dyehouse of 
the firm of J. \V. Busiel & Co. During the 
great fire of the Strafford Mill this old one- 
story wooden structure was partially burned, 
and in 1853 Mr. Busiel purchased the land and 
water-power formerly used by the Strafford 
Company. On this site he erected the first of 
the buildings now used by J. W. Busiel & Co. 
He here added to his list the manufacture of 
Saxony and Germantown yarns. Mr. Busiel 
received a gold medal at the Crystal Palace 
Exhibition in London, for the best mixture of 
cotton and wool yarn. The invention of the 
circular ribbed knitting machine by Jonas and 
Walter Aiken in 1856 led Mr. Busiel to in- 
troduce the manufacture of Shaker socks and 
underwear. At the beginning of the Civil 
War the production of army socks became an 
industry in which Mr. Busiel engaged; and 
after the war the manufacture of different vari- 
eties of hosiery became the sole product of the 
mill carried on by Mr. Busiel until the time 
of his death, which occurred July 26, 1872. 

On December 23, 1S41, he married Julia 
M., daughter of Stephen and Julia Tilton, of 
Meredith. Of this union were born three sons 
and one daughter. The daughter died in 
infancy. The sons have lived to be an honor 
to their father's name. The eldest is Charles 
A. Busiel, ex-Governor of New Hampshire. 
The other sons, John T. and I-" rank E., now 
carry on the business founded by their father; 
and all three live in Laconia. The house in 
which Mrs. Busiel now resides was built by 
Mr. Busiel five years previous to his decease. 

He was a strong Democrat in politics, and 
represented Laconia in the State legislature in 
the years 1870-71. Mr. Busiel manufactured 
the first gas burned in Laconia, and laid the 
first slate used here for roofing purposes. He 



also put in the first iioiler and steam heat in 
Laconia. He took a great interest in the wel- 
fare of the town, and always gave generously 
to public buildings and for the jiromotion of 
all plans for town improvement, lie was a 
Trustee of the Belknap Savings ]}ank. He 
attended the Congregational church, of wliich 
Mrs. Ikisiel is a member, and contributed lib- 
erally to its support. 

This public-spirited man was of a kind- 
hearted, generous nature, benevolent and un- 
selfishly devoted to the interests of his town. 
His rugged honesty, his strong anti[iathy to 
sham and false pretence, his fair and generous 
dealings with his employees, and his e\'er- 
ready help to the poor and unfortunate arc 
well known to the townspeople of his genera- 
tion. He was emphatically a self-made man. 
From nothing he rose to a comfortable inde- 
pendence in this world's goods; and in his 
early, sudden death the community lost a man 
whom it had learned to love and to respect. 
His mortal remains were buried in tiie beau- 
tiful Union Cemetery in Laconia. 




RANK E. BUSIEL, a well-known 
woollen manufacturer of Laconia, Ikd- 
knap County, N.H., was born in this 
town, October 31, 1852, son of John \V. and 
Julia (Tilton) Busiel. His fatlier was a 
native of Moultonboro, and his mother of 
Meredith. They had four children: Charles 
A.; John T. ; Frank E., the subject of this 
sketch; and one daughter, Julia M., who died 
at the age of eight months. John W. Busiel 
was a prominent woollen manufacturer, and 
was the first in Laconia to make use of a 
steam boiler. 

Frank E. Busiel was educated in the schools 
of his native town anil at Gilford Academy. 
He then entered his fatiier's factory to thor- 



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oughly taniiliari/.c himself with tlie business. 
He worked three years as second hand, and 
proved so efficient that he was placed in charge 
of the knitting department, which position he 
filled until his father's death in 1872. He 
was then admitted to partnership, the business 
being carried on under the style of J. W. 
Busiel & Co. In politics Mr. Busiel is a Re- 
publican. While too much absorbed in busi- 
ness to give much attention to politics, he has 
served as Chairman of the Police Commission, 
to which position he was appointed in April, 
1895. 

On November ig, 1874, Mr. Busiel was 
united in marriage with Hattie A. Sanborn, of 
Haverhill, Mass. He has two children, the 
elder of whom, Grace, is now attending Brad- 
ford Seminary in Massachusetts. 




'ON. WILLIAM F. NASON, Mayor 
of the city of Dover, N.H., was born 
in Sanford, York County, Me., on 
the twenty-second day of November, 1S57. 
He is the son of Joseph T. and Susan Frost 
Nason. His paternal grandfather, Daniel 
Nason, who was born in the town of Kenne- 
bunkport, Me., and lived there for a goodly 
portion of his earthly years, was a substantial 
citizen, possessing ability and property, and 
was engaged in ship-building and in the 
foreign trade. His father, Joseph T. Nason, 
as a young man was interested in educational 
matters. He spent three years as a student in 
Bowdoin College, and then served as principal 
of several of the leading schools in the State. 
Later in life he was engaged in navigation, 
and was master of vessels in the foreign trade. 
Mr. Joseph T. Nason died at Kennebunk, 
Me., in the month of January, 1S84, his wife 
surviving till December, 1893. They were 
respected members of the community, commu- 



nicants of the Congregational church, anil ex- 
amples of probity. 

William F. Nason attended school in the 
towns of South Berwick and Kennebunk ; and 
after completing a high-school course in the 
latter place he entered a law office, where he 
remained for two years in the study of law. 
He then went to Wolfboro, N.H., and read 
law with the Hon. Buel C. Carter. Being 
admitted to the bar in 1879, he came to 
Dover, his present home, and formed a law 
partnership with Mr. Carter, where he has 
since given his time to the practice of his 
profession. 

Although ever a stanch advocate of the 
principles of true Republicanism, and fre- 
quently selected to represent his party in ]iosi- 
tions of trust and responsibility, it cannot be 
urged that Mr. Nason has courted political 
honors. Strong and loyal in his friendships, 
quick to comprehend, and fearless in his con- 
victions, tenacious of purpose, yet eminently 
fair and considerate in his judgments, he has 
won the universal respect of his fellow-citi- 
zens, and is held in the highest esteem, even 
by those who have found in him a professional 
or political adversary. 

He was chosen Solicitor of his adopted city 
in 1883, and again in 1884, serving in all 
seven years in that capacity. As a member of 
the New Hampshire legislature in 1887 and 
1888, he took a prominent part in all the im- 
portant measures of that session, winning rec- 
ognition as one of the most forceful speakers 
and ready debaters on the floor of the House. 
During his legislative term he served on the 
Judiciary Committee, and was also Chairman 
of the Committee on Elections. In 1892 he 
was prevailed upon to allow his name to be 
presented before the County Convention as a 
candidate for County Solicitor; and in the 
"battle of the ballots" his popularity through- 




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out the county gave added strength to the 
party ticket, and secured for him a flattering 
majority. His services proved so satisfactory 
that he was returned by a phenomenal majority 
in 1894, and was re-elected for the third time 
in 1S96. 

At the mayoralty caucus in November, 
1895, he was selecteil as the standard bearer 
for his party ; and at the succeeding election 
he received the unanimous vote of the people, 
no opposing party candidate being presented. 
Again in 1896, under almost jirecisely similar 
conditions, was he chosen as the city's chief 
magistrate; and at the present writing, 1897, 
he occupies the Executive chair. His admin- 
istration as Mayor has been conspicuous for its 
practical economy and broad and comprehen- 
sive business methods, no suspicion of parti- 
sanship attaching to his management of mu- 
nicipal affairs. Although manifestly averse to 
notoriety, desirous of avoiding all pomp and 
pageantry, he has, nevertheless, judiciously 
antl becomingly fulfilled the social functions of 
his high office; and, in fact, no emergency has 
ever found him unprepared when the interests 
or dignity of the city required an able and 
worthy champion. 



(sjYACOB SANBORN, a prosperous and 
well-to-do farmer of Laconia, was born 
in Mouitonboro, N. H., January 13, 
1843, son of William and Sally (Dame) San- 
born. His grandfather, Jacob Sanborn, was a 
farmer and a lifelong resident of Gilford. He 
died at the age of forty -three years. He was 
the father of two sons — • William antl Enoch, 
of whom the last named is living in Gilford, 
at the age of seventy-eight years. 

William Sanborn was born in Gilford, and 
remained at home until he was thirty years 
old. He then bouLfht a farm at Mouitonboro 



Neck, where he resided until 1850, when he 
returned to Gilford, and passed the rest of his 
life in that town. He was prominent in 
church matters. His wife, Sally Dame San- 
born, was a daughter of Richard Dame, who 
came from Portsmouth, N. II., to Gilford. 
She was a woman of superior education, and 
had taught school prex'ious lo her marriage. 
She became the mother oi two children: l-^l- 
vena, who died in 1886; and Jacob, tlie sub- 
ject of this sketch. 

Jacob Sanborn, after attending the district 
school in his boyhood, began active life as a 
farm assistant. He continued thus employed 
until 1866, when he was engaged to manage 
his present farm by Polly Smith, who owned 
the property. This lady was the representa- 
tive of a well-to-do family ; and at her death 
she willed the farm to Mr. .Sanborn, as a re- 
ward for the faithful manner in which he had 
labored in her behalf. He has since enlarged 
the property by the purchasing of more land, 
and has otherwise improved it by remodel- 
ling the buildings; and he has met with the 
natural reward of his industry and good judg- 
ment in a continually increasing prosperity. 
He owns land in Sanbornton, Mereditii, and 
Gilford; and he has derived considerable 
profit from stock-raising. 

Mr. Sanborn married Augusta Perley, a 
sister of Louis Perley, a sketch of whom 
appears elsewhere in this work. Mr. antl 
Mrs. Sanborn have one child. Pearl, who is 
now attending the high school and is preparing 
for college. 



■Y^KVI W. ALLEN, a retired business 
|Jj man of Rochester, was born March 26, 
"^^ ^ 1823, near the house whicli he now 
occupies, son of William and Sarah (Nute) 
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ICngland, where they were people of considera- 
tion. The American family is traced back to 
two brothers, Charles and Samuel Allen, both 
members of Parliament for some years, who 
were sent here by the English government to 
take charge of Whitehall Swamp, a tract of 
land one mile wide and eight miles long, sit- 
uated in Rochester on the Salmon Falls 
River. Here, for a number of years before 
the Revolution, they engaged in getting out 
limber for the manufacture of masts and spars 
for the use of the home government. John 
Allen, the great-great-grandfather of Levi W., 
came to Rochester from Durham, and was one 
of the pioneers of this town. He left his land 
to his son William, whose son. Major Samuel 
Allen, served in the Revolutionary War. 
Major Allen's son William, the father of Levi 
W., was the next proprietor of the homestead 
property. Brought up to farming and lumber- 
ing, William continued in these occupations. 
In following the latter, he made a specialty of 
supplying the material for masts and spars. 
The lumber for the first woollen factory at 
Great Falls was furnished by him. By his 
wife, Sarah, who was a daughter of Jotham 
Nute, of Milton, N.H., he became the father 
of eight children, of whom Amasa is the only 
other survivor. 

After attending the district schools of 
Rochester in his earlier years, Levi W. Allen 
completed his education at Great Falls. In 
1839 he left the parental home, going to 
Natick, Mass., where he was engaged for three 
years in the shoe business. He returned to 
Rochester in 1842, and for a long time after- 
ward carried on an extensive business in the 
manufacture of shoes and lasts, and had a large 
wholesale and retail store. Subsequently he 
transferred his business to Dover, and there 
successfully conducted it for twelve years. In 
1882 he returned again to the scenes of his 



childhood; and on account of asthma, with 
which he is afflicted, he has since lived retired 
from business pursuits. He was married Sep- 
tember 3, 1846, to Miss Sarah Ann Furbush, 
of Lebanon, Me. He has always taken a great 
interest in local affairs, giving his hearty sup- 
port to the Reiniblican party, but has not 
been an office-seeker. Since boyhood he has 
been in communion with the Walnut Grove 
Free Will Baptist Church, which lie has 
served for some years as Sunday-school super- 
intendent. 



^OHN RANDOLPH HAM, M.D., a 
well-known and highly esteemed physi- 
cian of Dover, Strafford County, N. H., 
was born within the limits of this township, 
October 23, 1842. His father, Charles Ham, 
a son of Ephraim Ham, and a native of Dover, 
born May 10, 1800, for many years carried on 
general farming in this locality, and here mar- 
ried Abigail D. Bartlett. 

John R. Ham was reared on the parental 
homestead, and received his elementary educa- 
tion in the district schools of the neighbor- 
hood. He subsequently continued his studies 
at Franklin Academy, in Dover, after which 
he worked on the farm during seed-time and 
harvest. His winters for a time were em- 
ployed in teaching school, thereby earning 
some money toward defraying his expenses 
while preparing himself for a professional 
career. In 1S62 he read medicine with Dr. 
A. J. H. Buzzell, of Dover, in the meanwhile 
attending lectures at Bowdoin Medical Col- 
lege. During the following spring he studied 
with Dr. Levi G. Hill, of this city, and in the 
next winter attended lectures at Harvard Medi- 
cal School, afterward reading medicine with 
Dr. J. H. Wheeler. 

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Fifteenth Regiment, United States Colored 
Infantry, being mustered in at Louisville, 
Ky. He was also medieal purveyor for a time 
of the Twenty-fifth Army Corj^s. The Doctor 
was subsequently promoted to the jjosition of 
Surgeon of the regiment, and with the Army 
of the James was present at the fall of 
Richmond. After that event he was on duty 
in Texas until March lo, 1866, when he was 
honorably discharged from the service. On 
his return to Dover, Dr. Ham resumed his 
studies at Bowdoin RTedical College, from 
which he was graduated in the following June. 
Since then he has been successfully engaged 
in the ]M"actice of his pi'ofession in his native 
city. For ten years of this time he served as 
Coroner of Strafford County, and for four 
years of it he was a member of the School 
Committee. In politics he is a stanch Repub- 
lican, and during the administration of Presi- 
dent Harrison he served as United States 
Pension Surgeon for Strafford County. The 
Doctor is an active member of the New Hamp- 
shire Historical and Medical Societies; of 
Charles W. Sawyer Post, No. 17, G. A. R., 
of which he is Past Commander; and he is a 
prominent Mason of this city, belonging to 
Strafford Lodge, No. 29, and to Belknap 
Chapter, No. 8. He has been a member of 
the First Ciiurch (Congregational) since 1S64, 
in which since 1S78 he has performed the 
duties of Deacon. The Doctor has published 
"The Ham P'amily in Dover," "The Physi- 
cians of Dover," "Localities in Ancient 
Dover," and "The Bibliography of Dover." 
His library contains the best private collection 
of local history in that part of the State. 

On November 9, 1871, Dr. John R. Ham 
was united in marriage with limily Caroline 
Hcrsey, daughter of General George W. 
Hersey, of Wolfboro, N. H. Of this union 
five children have been born, of whom but two 



are now living — P'mily II. and Julia M. 
The forniei', who was graduated from Welles- 
ley College in the class of 1893, is now a 
teacher in the Dover High School; wiiile 
the yoLMiger daughter is a jiupil of that insli- 
tutiori. 




RANK LESLIE TOVVLI'., a memlKr 
the firm of Simjjson & Towle, dealers 
in general merchandise. Centre Har- 
bor, N. H., was born in Parsonsficld, Me., 
August 27, 1868, son of James F. and pjiima 
J. (Moulton) Towle. His grandfather, Josejih 
G. Towle, was a native of Porter, Me. ; and 
the active period of his life was spent as a 
farmer. James I"". Towle, father of l'"rank 
L., was born in Porter, Me., and in his 
younger days was variously eni|)l(iyc(l as an 
operative in saw-mills and as a clerk in 
country stores. He finally engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits in his native town. His 
wife, Emma, is a daughter of John S. Moul- 
ton, of Sandwich, N.H. She has had two 
children: Irving, who died in 1SS8, aged 
twenty-six years; and Frank L., the subject 
of this sketch. 

Frank Leslie Towle received a public- 
school education, and entered mercantile busi- 
ness as a clerk immediately after completing 
his studies. He was emplojed in a store in 
Centre Harbor for a year, and then went to 
work for Simpson & French, with whom he 
remained for two years. He then went to 
Dover, N.H., where he clerked one year for 
W. S. Wiggin, finally buying out his em- 
ployer. A year later he sold the business, 
and, returning to Centre Haibur, jiurchased 
Henry V.. French's interest in the firm for 
which he had formerly worked; and the firm of 
Simpson & Towle is now one of the most 
prosperous among the general merchants in 
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On August 27, 1S93, Mr. Towle was joined 
in marriage with Eliza S. Graves, daughter of 
Joseph S. Graves, of Centre Harbor. Mrs. 
Towle is the mother of two children — Ruth 
G. and Mina E. Mr. Towle is a member of 
Winnepesaukee Tribe, Improved Order of 
Red Men. 

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-OSEPH N. HAYES, a practical agri- 
culturist of the town of Rochester, was 
born August i, 1836, on the farm 
where he now resides, a son of James Y. 
Hayes. The paternal grandfather, Joseph 
Hayes, was the founder of the family in this 
section of New Hampshire. Prior to the 
Revolution he settled on the old Hayes home- 
stead, and during that hard struggle for inde- 
pendence he contributed toward the support of 
the patriot soldiers from the scanty productions 
of his farm. James Y. Hayes succeeded to 
the parental acres, spending his life on the 
farm where his birth occurred, being here 
engaged in general agriculture until his death. 
To him and his wife, whose maiden name was 
Alice A. Hayes, several children were born; 
namely, Joseph N. , Lydia S. , Mary A., Julia 
A., Clara A., Lucretia A., James C. , and 
Benjamin F. 

Joseph N. Hayes received his education in 
the district schools of Rochester and at the 
academy of Wolfboro. Then, at the age of 
nineteen, he returned to the homestead, and 
thereafter assisted on the farm until the death 
of his father in 1S65. The farm, of which he 
has now full charge, contains one hundred and 
seventy-five acres of land, and is plea.santly 
situated on the Rochester Neck Road, about 
five and a half miles north-west of Dover. 
Here he carries on mi.xed husbandry and 
dairying with most satisfactory results. Pay- 
ing close attention to the details of his busi- 
ness, he is considered one of the most skilful 



and prosjjerous farmers of this locality. Mr. 
Hayes was a member of the State legislature 
in 1S69, representing the town of Rochester 
before it became a city. In 1870 he was again 
a candidate for the same office, but failed of 
a re-election by a few votes, his defeat having 
been caused by the Eabor Reform party, then 
dominant in some parts of New England. 
While in the legislature he worked for the 
best interests of his constituents, and was 
influential in having a bill passed for abolish- 
ing the district-school system, and placing all 
the schools under the control of a board of 
education. He is a member of Wechohamet 
Lodge, I. O. O. ¥., of Dover; of Cocheco 
Grange, of Dover; and of the Good Templars 
Society of Gonic, having held the most of the 
offices of the lodge. He attends the Baptist 
church in the village of Gonic, which is about 
three miles from his home. 

On January 23, 1859, Mr. Hayes married 
Miss Susan P. Meserve, a native of Bartlett, 
N. H., and a daughter of Isaac Meserve, a 
prominent resident of that town. Mr. Meserve 
was Selectman of ]5artlett for many years. 
Mrs. Hayes died in 1879, having borne her 
husband three children. These were : Arthur 
H., who lives on the home farm; P'red E., 
who died at the age of fifteen; and Alice L., 
who died in infancy. Mr. Hayes contracted 
a second marriage on April 34, 1883, with 
Miss A. Augusta Trickey, of Dover. 



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EORGE W. MORRILL, one of the 
\J5 1 leading farmers of Gilford, N.H., 
was born in this town, July 16, 
1839, son of John Dudley and Lavina (Robin- 
son) Morrill. He comes of a very old family, 
being a lineal descendant of Abraham Morrill, 
who immigrated to this country with his 
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rived September i6, 1632. Both joined the 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of 
Boston in 1638, the year of its charter. 

Abraham Morrill was a blacksmith by trade, 
and so many of his posterity in successiv'e gen- 
erations chose the same occupation that the 
family has been humorously spoken of as be- 
longing to the Tubal Cain fraternity. He was 
granted a house and lot in Salisbury in 1641, 
and was married June 10, 1645, to Sarah, 
daughter of R(5bcrt Clement, of Haverhill. 
Their children were: Isaac, born July 10, 
1646; Jacob, born August 24, 1648; Sarah, 
born October 14, 1650; Abraham, Jr., born 
November 14, 1652; Moses, born December 
28, 1655; Aaron, born August 9, 1658; 
Richard, born February 6, 1660; Lydia, born 
March 8, 1661 ; Hepsibah, born January 11, 
1663. Abraham Morrill died in 1662; and 
his will, which was probated October 14 of 
that year, shows him to have been a well- 
to-do man for those times, the estate being 
valued at five hundred and seven pounds. His 
wife exchanged her house lot for forty acres of 
upland on the "Great Playne " ; and on this 
land stand a parsonage, a school, the town 
office, and other buildings. Mrs. Sarah C. 
Morrill, after the death of her first husband, 
married Thomas Mudgett, and had one daugh- 
ter, Mary Mudgett. 

Isaac, son of Abraham, and the second in 
the line now being traced, was also a black- 
smith, and lived in Salisbury. He married 
Phcebe Gill, daughter of John Gill. He had 
eleven children, as follows — by wife Phoebe: 
Abraham, born August 22, 1671 ; and Isaac, 
born probably July 24, 1673; and (by second 
wife, Susanna, says Savage) Mary, born Feb- 
ruary I, 1674; Sarah, born May 29, 1675; 
Jacob, born May 25, 1677; John, born Novem- 
ber 2, 1679; Rachel, born F"ebruary iS, 
1682; Daniel, born February 18, 16S3 ; Je- 



mima, born October 9, 1685; Mary, born Sep- 
tember 10, 1689; and Rachel, born August 
24, 1692. Isaac Morrill died October 17, 
1713, and his widow May 6, 1714. 

Jacob Morrill, son of Isaac, married l-lliza- 
beth Stevens, and the following is the record of 
their children: Jonathan and Joanna, twins, 
born P'ebruary 15, 1703; Abraham, born De- 
cember 22, 1703; Samuel, born -September 27, 
1705; Joanna, born February 17, 1707; Ruth, 
born December 16, 1709; Jacob, born Septem- 
ber 3, 1711; Jeremiah, born August 7, 1713; 
Elizabeth, born November 14, 1715; Judith, 
born July 4, 1719; and Sarah, born June 22, 
1722. 

Abraham, son of Jacob, was the fourth in 
this line. His first wife, Eleanor, died March 
26, 1745; and his second wife, Mary Currier, 
whom he married June 30, 1747, died July 2, 
1788. He was called by many Father or 
Faithful Abraham. He was a Representative 
to the General Court for many years. On 
February 11, 1757, he bought part of the iron 
works at Crawley's, Brentwood, N. H. His 
children were: William, born April 21, 1735; 
Abraham, born December 10, 1737; Zebedee, 
born August 4, 1740; Eleanor, born October 
30, 1742; and Jabez, born February 15, 1745. 

William, son of Abraham and I'Heanor, was 
Selectman in Brentwood in 1766, also in sub- 
sequent years ; and was a De|uity to the New 
Hampshire Fourth Provincial Congress at 
E.xeter, May 17, 1775. He was made Justice 
of the Peace for Rockingham Count)- in 1777, 
and was reappointed to that office in 1789 by 
the Council of New Hampshire. lie m;irricd 
Lydia Trask in 1760, and their childien were: 
Abraham, Lydia, Anna, William, Jr., Jona- 
than, and Nathaniel — the first three horn in 
Brentwood. He died there January 28, 1812; 
and his wife died August 15, 1817. His will 
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which was valued at thirteen thousand nine 
hundred and seventy-nine dollars and one 
cent: to his son Ahraham he gave ninety-six 
acres on which ho was living, to William, Jr., 
two-thirds of the I'hilhrick farm and a watch, 
to Jonathan eighty-three acres, and to Nathan- 
iel the homestead of one hundred and sixty 
acres. 

William Morrill, Jr., the sixth in line, was 
horn November 8, 176S, and died August 22, 
1838. His first wife, Mary Gordon, died 
May 26, 1799; and his second wife, Elizabeth 
Dudley, daughter of Samuel Dudley, died Oc- 
tober 12, 1865. His children were: Nathan- 
iel, born July 23, 1791 ; Dolly, born April 6, 
1794; Zebedee, born July 10, 1796; Mary, 
born April 25, 179S; Sarah, born January 3, 
i8oi ; Samuel, born March 23, 1803; John 
Dudley, born July 25, 1S05; Ann, born July 
20, 1807; William, born April 2, 1810; 
Washington, born January 3, 1813; Frederick, 
born August 24, 18 15. 

John Dudley Morrill, the fourth son, mar- 
ried first Lavina Robinson, and by this union 
had three children : James R. ; John F. ; and 
George W. , the subject of this sketch. His 
second wife was Ruth Stevens, who had no 
children. 

George W. Morrill, having completed his 
course of study at Laconia Academy, engaged 
in teaching school in the winter and farming 
in the summer. For a year after his marriage 
he remained with his father; and he then 
bought the Franklin Weeks estate, where he 
has since made his home. This place con- 
sisted originally of three hundred acres, and 
Mr. Morrill has added to it until it now em- 
braces five hundred acres. He has turned his 
attention to stock-raising, especially that of 
sheep, and is now making a specialty of the 
milk business. Becoming interested in the 
massage treatment about four years ago, he 



took up its practice, and as a masseur has 
established quite a reputation. He uses the 
Monroe or deep treatment, and has been very 
successful in his cases, which have been 
among the best people of the community. 
Nevertheless, his farming has, by no means, 
been neglected. Mr. Morrill has been Select- 
man of Gilford for three years; and for two 
years he represented his town in the State 
legislature, while there serving on the Com- 
mittee on Agriculture. He is at present 
Town Treasurer. He and his wife are mem- 
bers of the Methodist church, in which he 
has held the office of steward for the past 
eighteen years. He is a Past Master and is 
now Lecturer of Mount Belknap Grange, No. 
52. In politics he has always been an out- 
spoken and active Republican. 

Mr. Morrill was married November 26, 
1863, to M. Frances, daughter of Thomas and 
Nancy (Hill) Weeks. Her father, who was 
a man of some prominence, serving as Select- 
man and as' Representative, and also holding 
other offices, was born in 1816, and died in 
1884. He had three children — M. Frances, 
S. Amanda, and Austin B. Mr. and Mrs. 
Morrill have one child — Leon, now married to 
Carrie E. Kimball. 



'ffTt'OlIN D. OTIS, a leading representative 
of the industrial community of Farm- 
ington, N.H., where he is carrying on 
a thriving business as a blacksmith and gen- 
eral jobber in iron work, was born in this 
town, January 15, 1850. His father, William 
Otis, a son of Micager Otis, was born in 
Farmington, and here spent his life engaged 
chiefly in agricultural pursuits. He died in 
i860, at the age of fifty-three years. In poli- 
tics be was a sound Democrat, but took no 
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name was Sarah Dealand, bore him eleven 
children, four of whom survive, namely: 
A. I. D. Otis; George W. ; Roxie; and 
John D. 

John D. Otis attended the district schools 
of Karmington in his boyhood, and [nit his 
hand to the plough in early life, working until 
twenty-eight years old as a farmer. He then 
established himself as a blacksmith and car- 
riage repairer, and has since built up an ex- 
tensive and lucrative business in general job- 
bing, his work being noted for its durability 
and superior finish. Honest and upright in 
his dealings, and taking an active interest in 
the welfare of the town, he enjoys a wide pop- 
ularity, and in 1896 was elected as a Repre- 
sentative to the General Court at Concord, 
receiving the largest majority ever cast in 
Farmington. In politics he affiliates with the 
Republican party. 

On February 12, 1885, Mr. Otis married 
Miss Susie B. Pitman, of Barnstead, N.H., a 
daughter of Edward and Ann S. Pitman. 
They have two children — Harry I^. and John 
C. Mr. Otis contributes liberally toward the 
support of the Baptist church, which he and 
his family regularly attend. 



-|^TI<:NRY H. THOMPSON, a prominent 
r^H contractor and builder of Belmont, 

Ji® ^^ . N. H., and a member of the Board 

of Selectmen, was born in Gilford, Belknap 
County, November 2, i860, son of Joseph H. 
and Sarah A. (Bennett) Thompson. The 
Thompson family, it is said, are descendants 
of six brothers — Moses, Amos, Richard, 
Samuel, Jacob, and John — who were pioneer 
settlers in Centre Harbor, N. H. 

Joseph H. Thompson, father of Henry H., 
was born in Centre Harbor, N.H. He liveil 
there and at Laconia till about 1S48, when he 



moved to Gilford, ami there resided until his 
death in 1861. He was a shoemaker by trade. 
His wife, Sarah A. ]5ennett, was born in Gil- 
ford, of which town her ancestors were pio- 
neers and among the first tax-payers. She 
became the mother of two children, namely:! 
luiimaj.; and Henry H., the subject of this 
sketch. luiima J. married P>nest B. Veasey, 
a prosperous contractor of Manchester. 

Henry H. Thompson was educated in the 
common and high schools of Laconia. After 
leaving school he engaged in agricultural pur- 
suits for a time, and in 1S88 he entered into 
business as a contractor and builder. He has 
already gained a high reputation for reliable 
and painstaking work, and has just completed 
a house and stable in Laconia, costing fifteen 
thousand dollars. In 1885 he removed to Bel- 
mont, and erected a large frame house on 
Ladd Hill, where he accommodates summer 
boarders. 

On June 18, 1885, Mr. Thompson was 
united in marriage with Annie E. Ladd, 
daughter of Harlan P. Ladd. She was edu- 
cated at the Laconia High School. Three 
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Thompson, namely: Ralph H., who died 
young; Blanche E. ; and Sarah Marion. 

Politically, Mr. Thompson supports the Re- 
publican party. He has been a Selectman for 
the past three years, and as a member of that 
body has rendered valuable services to the 
town. He is connected with the local grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry, and with the United 
Order of Pilgrim Fathers, of Laconia, N.H. 



-|p)TENRY E. CHAMBERLAIN, of New 
r^n Durham, who enjoys the distinction 
Ji® ^^ . of being the first Republican Rep- 
resentative to the legislature from this town, 
was born in Alton, N.H., November 20, 1846, 



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son of Durrcll S. ami Lucy (Huckins) Cham- 
berlain. His father was a native of Alton, as 
was also his grandfather, John Chamberlain. 

Uurrell S. Chamberlain has always resided 
at the homestead in Alton, situated near the 
New Durham line, and is an active and pros- 
perous citizen. In politics he supports the 
Republican party. He married Lucy Huck- 
ins, a native of Alton, and has three children: 
Henry E. , the subject of this sketch; Ida C. ; 
and Ella, wife of Frank B. F"oss, of Farming- 
ton, N.H. 

Henry E. Chamberlain attended school in 
New Durham and Alton, and on the comple- 
tion of his studies he learned the shoemaker's 
trade. In i86S he bought the J. B. Young 
farm, where he has since resided, and, having 
made various improvements upon the land and 
buildings, now has one ot the most valuable 
pieces of agricultural property in this locality. 
He has availed himself of all modern machin- 
ery and appliances for general farming and 
dairying, and his success is the result of his 
progressive tendencies and excellent judgment. 

Mr. Chamberlain married Sarah Tucker, of 
Penacook (apart of Concord, N. H.), and has 
three children: Stella, wife of Harry C. 
Knowlton, of Haverhill, Mass.; Arthur D., 
who is attending the New Hampton Literary 
Institute; and Lucy, who is now a pupil at 
the seminary for girls in Exeter, N.H. For 
several years Mr. Chamberlain acted as Road 
Commissioner. His election to the House of 
Representatives in 1896 was considered a 
notable event in this vicinity, as the Demo- 
cratic party had succeeded in electing its leg- 
islative candidate for the past fifty years; and 
it is predicted that the new Representative 
from New Durham will do honor to his town, 
as well as to his party. Mr. and Mrs. 
Chamberlain are Adventists in their religious 
views. 




JOHN G. JEWETT, of Laconia, 
las served the public in various 
ofifices of trust, and is one of the 
best known public men of Belknap County. 
He is also prominent as an officer in some of 
the leading fraternal organizations of the ilay. 
A son of Smith and Statira (Glines) Jewett, 
he was born September 4, 1829, in Laconia, 
at that time known as Meredith Bridge. 

His grandfather, Samuel Jewett, was the 
first permanent settler in what is now Laconia, 
coming here in 1782, when the country here- 
about was covered with heavy timber, and 
game of all kinds was plentiful. He owned 
more than half the land in what is now Ward 
Five, his property extending along the east 
side of the Winnepesaukee River from far 
above Main Street to some distance below; 
in fact, he had so much land that he could 
almost afford to give it away, and he sold the 
water privilege on this side of the river and 
seven acres of land for seven dollars. A part 
of his estate is still owned by the family. 
His first dwelling was built near the site of 
Judge Jewett's present residence. Samuel 
Jewett was a small man, but, like Captain 
Myles Standish, his courage was greater than 
his stature. He offered his services at the 
breaking out of the Revolution; and, being 
obliged to pass under a pole to see if he was 
of the requisite height for military duty, he 
raised himself to his tiptoes, and passed the 
examination. He was in the battle of Bunker 
Hill, and served all through the war. Though 
not a church member, he was commonly knmvn 
as "Deacon Jewett." He married Alpheus 
Smith, and had a family of three sons and five 
or six daughters. 

Smith Jewett was born on the homestead in 
Laconia, and spent his life in this place, 
working at carpentry, and also following agri- 
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seventy-five. His wife was a native of North- 
fielcl, N.II. Tiieir family consisted of five 
boys and five girls. 

John G. was the sixth child born to his 
parents. In his boyhood he attended the 
public schools of L.aconia and Gilford Acad- 
emy. After finishing his studies he taught 
school more or less for ten years, also working 
at the carpenter's trade. In 1855 he went to 
South America, where he remained about six- 
teen months, returning in March, 1S57. He 
was subsequently employed for eight years in 
the Laconia Car Works. In 1876 he was ap- 
pointed Justice of the Police Court of La- 
conia; and for nearly sixteen years he attended 
to the duties of his office, presiding with dig- 
nity and impartiality. In 1891 he resigned; 
and in April of that year he assumed charge 
of the post-office in Laconia, having been ap- 
pointed Postmaster by President Harrison. 
He resigned this office in May, 1895, and 
since that time has been retired from public 
life. Judge Jewett was Registrar of Probate 
for two years. He began to serve the public 
nearly forty years ago, being appointed super- 
intendent of the School Committee of Gilford 
in 1858. In 1859 he was Collector of Taxes, 
the three years following he was Selectman of 
Gilford, and in 1863 he was recruiting ofificer 
in that town. Me was in the State legislature 
in 1867 and 1868, elected from Gilford, and 
while in the House served on the Committee 
of Belknap County to apportion the State tax. 
Judge Jewett was a member of the Laconia 
Board of Etlucation some twelve years. 

In December, 1855, he was married to 
Caroline L. Shannon, a native of Barnstead, 
N.H., and at the time of her marriage a resi- 
dent of Gilmanton. Mr. and Mrs. Jewett 
have three children: Stephen S., a jirominent 
lawyer of Laconia; John B. ; and Katie B. — 
all married. The Judge has been a free 



Mason for over thirty years, having joined 
Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, of Laconia, in 
1864; and he is a Past Master of this lodge. 
He is High Priest of Union Ciiapler, No. 7, 
R. A. M. ; and belongs to Pilgrim Command- 
ery, Knights Templar. Though not a profess- 
ing church member, he contributes liberally 
to the support of the Congregational church in 
Laconia. 




ON. BENJAMIN JAMES COLE, a 
venerable and esteemed citizen of 
Laconia, N.H., for sixty years a 
leading business man and manufacturer of 
Lakeport, was born in P'ranconia, Grafton 
County, this State, September 28, 18 14, the 
son of Isaac and Hannah (Atwood) Cole. 

His parents had twelve children, and he is 
now the only survivor of the family. Several 
emigrants from England having the name of 
Cole settled in Massachusetts in the seven- 
teenth century, among them Thomas, the pro- 
genitor of this branch of the family, who was 
living in Salem in 1649. It is thought that 
he came in the "Mary and John" in 1634. 
His son John removed from Salem to Maiden, 
Mass., and later to Lynn, where he died in 
1703. John Cole's son Samuel settled in Box- 
ford, Essex County, Mass., in 1717, becoming 
a farmer in the West Parish. 

In the early part of the eighteenth century 
Samuel Cole's son, Samuel Cole, Jr., tiie 
great-grandfather of Benjamin James Cole, 
was well known in Rowley and Boxford as a 
man of solid worth and property. Among his 
numerous children was Solomon, grandfather 
of the subject of this sketch, born in 1742. 
The family was intensely patriotic; and Solo- 
mon and his brothers — Daniel, Benjamin, 
PHiphalet, Phineas, Samuel, and Simeon — it 
is said, jjcrformed all together twenty-seven 
years of service in the Continental army dur- 



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ing the Revolutionary War. Solomon was en- 
ga-^cil in military service throughout the great 
struggle. He took part in the battle of Bunker 
Hill and numerous other engagements, and 
was wounded in the battle of Chippewa Creek. 
The house in which he lived is still standing 
in Rowley, and is occupied by one of the 
name, Caleb Cole. Solomon Cole married a 
Miss Barker, and had eight sons — Timothy, 
John, Kimball, Isaac, Benjamin, Solomon, 
Samuel, and Asa. He was one of the stalwart 
men to whose patriotism, devotion to duty, and 
strong religious faith so much of our modern 
prosperity is due. He lived to the age of 
ninety-three, spending the last years of his 
life with his son, the Rev. Samuel Cole, in 
Lisbon, N.H. Samuel Cole was a preacher 
of the gospel for forty years; and his son, the 
Rev. Moores Cole, has been in the Free Bap- 
tist ministry for forty-eight years. 

Isaac Cole, father of the subject of this 
sketch, was born in Rowley, Essex County, 
Mass. In his young manhood he learned the 
trade of a cooper and later that of a carpenter. 
He married Hannah Atwood when he was 
about twenty-three, and settled in Chester, 
N.H. Mrs. Cole was a woman of deep relig- 
ious principles, and carried her creed into 
daily practice. She was a native of Atkinson, 
N.H., and a cousin of Harriet Atwood, who 
married the Rev. William Newell, and was 
the first woman missionary to go from the 
United States to India, about 1820. Mr. 
Cole lived in Chester for a few years, when he 
purchased some land in Landaff, Grafton 
County, and removed thither, giving his name 
to Cole's Hill. As he did not incline to 
agriculture, he went to Franconia to assume 
the superintendency of the wood-working de- 
partment of the New Hampshire Iron Manu- 
facturing Company located in that place. He 
remained in this position for eight years, and 



at the expiration of that time removed to 
.Salisbury, now Franklin village, where he 
constructed one of the first foundries built in 
New Hampshire, and carried it on for six 
years. In 1S27 the great advantages afforded 
at Batchelder's Mills, now Lakeport, induced 
him to remove to this place. Here he estab- 
lished and conducted for nine years the small 
foundry which was the germ of the present ex- 
tensive iron works of the Cole Manufacturing 
Company. Mr. Isaac Cole was a very alert 
and intelligent business man, and had great 
mechanical aptitude. He was a valued mem- 
ber of the Free Baptist church for many 
years. 

Benjamin J. was seven years old when his 
father removed to Salisbury ; and he obtained 
his education in the schools of that town and 
in the Noyes School and Sanbornton Acad- 
emy. In 1836, after an enforced idleness of a 
year and a half on account of poor health, he, 
with two brothers, assumed control of his 
father's iron foundry at Lakeport, under the 
firm name of Cole & Co. Ten years later the 
name was changed to that of Cole, Davis & 
Co. ; and at the close of another decade Mr. 
Cole became the sole proprietor of the plant. 
In 1873 the manufactured products of the busi- 
ness were in such great demand as to necessi- 
tate the erection of additional buildings, the 
introduction of new machinery, and a large 
increase of capital. The Cole Manufacturing 
Company was incorporated, having a capital of 
sixty thousand dollars. All the stock, except- 
ing about eight per cent., was owned by Mr. 
Cole and members of his family. 

This com]5any has carried on a very exten- 
sive business. Its annual product has ranged 
as high as one hundred and twenty-five thou- 
sand dollars, and a force of one hundred and 
sixty men has been employed. Under the 
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sixty thousand dollars, and sixty operatives 
are employed. Machinery is constructed for 
various kinds of business, such as hosiery, 
woollen goods, lumber, paper pulp, and paper. 
During and since the Civil War one hundred 
thousand dollars' worth of looms have been 
made in one year. The company also makes 
a specialty of manufacturing water-wheels. 
In their forge and foundry they make car axles, 
agricultural implements, and stoves. Eight 
sets of machinery, which were the first set 
up in the State of California for the manu- 
facture of excelsior, were made here. Mr. 
Cole was Treasurer and Superintendent of the 
corporation until [ScS3, when, upon his resig- 
nation, his son-in-law, Colonel Henry B. 
Ouinby, was elected to succeed him. This 
estabUshment has done all the castings for the 
B. C. & M. R.R. since the road, of which 
Mr. Cole was one of the projectors, was built. 
The total product from this one line aggre- 
gates from ten thousand dollars to thirty 
thousand dollars per year. The power for this 
vast machinery is furnished mostly by water, 
of which there is two hundred horse-power. 
For only a few months' time in forty years 
has it been found necessary to use steam. 

Mr. Cole was one of the incorporators of 
the Winnipiseogee Steamboat Corporation, for 
which he, together with the late Captain Will- 
iam Walker, built the "Lady of the Lake." 
He is an incorporator of the Lake Village 
Savings Bank, of which he was ten years Pres- 
ident; incorporator and for ten years Director 
of the Laconia National Bank; and incorpo- 
rator, and until recently President, of the 
Wardwell Needle Company. For more than 
half a century Mr. Cole has been immediately 
connected with the growth and prosperity of 
Lakeport and one of the vital factors in its 
flourishing condition. 

On June 17, 1S38, Mr. Cole was united in 



marriage with Miss Mehitable, daughter of 
Nathan and Peace (Clifford) Batchclder, of 
Lakeport. Five children were horn of this 
union, three dying in infancy; and two daugh- 
ters — Ellen A. and Octavia — are now living. 
Mrs. Cole died on July 15, 1893. On her 
father's side she was descended from the cele- 
brated Rev. Stephen Bachiler, the founder of 
Hampton, N.H.; and on her mother's side she 
was allied with the old English family of 
Cliffords, who belonged to the nobility. Gen- 
eral R. N. Batcheldcr, Mrs. B. J. Cole's 
brother, having served through the Rebell- 
ion, was appointed a Quartermaster in the 
regular army, and advancing through the sev- 
eral grades became Quartermaster -general. 
He was retired July 27, 1896, during the ad- 
ministration of President Cleveland, having 
reached the limitation age of sixty-four years. 
Until the breaking out of the Civil War 
Mr. Cole had always been a Democrat. Since 
that time he has voted the Republican ticket, 
and has held many positions of trust and honor 
in the public service. In 1849-50 he repre- 
sented Gilford in the State legislature, and in 
1866-67 he served on the Governor's Council 
for the Second Councillor District. He was 
a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 
i86Sand to the National Republican Conven- 
tion which renominated Abraham Lincoln in 
1S64. He is a member of the F"ree ]5aptist 
church and a Trustee of the New Hampton 
Institution, and is always ready to devote time 
and money to the furtherance of works of 
benevolence or projects caculated to promote 
the welfare of the general public. For many 
years he was clerk of the church; and together 
with Mr. Davis, his former pastor, he built 
the chapel, and helped to build the first 
church in Lakeport, as well as the present 
church, which is more costly, and has a larger 
society than any other in this county. 



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/^rK(3RGE A. SIMPSON, senior mem- 
V ST ber of the firm of Simpson & Towle, 
general merchants of Centre Harbor, 
was born in Rumney, N.H., October 25, 1863, 
son of Thomas and Adell Grace (Merrill) 
Simpson. The grandfather, George \V. Simp- 
son, was a native of West Rnmney. He 
learned the trade of a shoemaker, which he fol- 
lowed in addition to farming, and resided in 
Oxford, N. H. He was a man of considerable 
local prominence, and served as a Selectman 
for two or three years. His wife, in maiden- 
hood Mary Savage, was a native of Oxford. 

Thomas Simpson was born in Oxford, 
March 7, 1835. At the age of sixteen he left 
the homestead, and for several years was em- 
ployed upon a milk farm in the vicinity of 
Boston. He then returned to Oxford, and, 
purchasing a dairy farm, carried it on for some 
time. Selling his property, he removed to 
Rumney, where he bought a farm and a saw- 
mill. After carrying on quite an extensive 
business here for a few years, he sold the mill, 
and worked as foreman for three or four years 
in the employment of the purchaser. At the 
end of that time he sold his farm, and removed 
to Rumney village. Some four years later he 
engaged in the tinware business, which he fol- 
lowed successfully for sixteen or seventeen 
years, driving a well-stocked cart, and for 
eight years making his headquarters in Plym- 
outh, N.H. He finally settled in Centre 
Harbor, and is now engaged in agricultural 
pursuits. His wife, Adell, who is a daughter 
of George L. Merrill, of Rumney, has had 
three children, two of whom are living, 
namely: George A., the subject of this sketch; 
and Austin G., a resident of Campton, N.H. 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Simpson are members 
of the Baptist church. 

George A. Simpson obtained his education 
in the public schools of Rumney and at the 



New Hampton Institute. He commenced his 
business career in Plymouth as a clerk for 
Plummer Fox, with whom he remained five 
years. He then came to Centre Harbor, where, 
in company with Henry E. French, he started 
a general mercantile business, uniler the firm 
name of Simpson & P>ench. On May i, 1894, 
his partner sold his interest to Frank L. 
Towle; and the present firm of Simpson & 
Towle are conducting a thriving trade. On 
December 7, 1S86, Mr. Simpson was united 
in marriage with Mabel L. Wyatt, daughter of 
George Wyatt. Mrs. Simpson is the mother 
of four children; namely, Percy G. , Leon W., 
Earl T., and Marian G. In politics Mr. 
Simpson is a Republican. He served the 
town as Postmaster for four years, and he was 
elected Moderator at town meetings in 1896. 
He is connected with Winncpesaukee Tribe, 
Improved Order of Red Men, in which he is 
Collector of Wampum. 



bfREEMAN A. HUSSEY, proprietor of 

PIj the principal bakery in Somersworth, 

N.H., is a native of this place, born 

January 23, 1852, son of John and Mary 

(Locke) Hussey. 

He spent his boyhood and youth in the 
parental home, and obtained his elementary 
education in the common schools of the vil- 
lage. When about nineteen }'ears old he 
began to learn the baker's trade, working in 
the same shop about eight years, or until May, 
1879, when he bought out his employer, and 
has since conducted the business in his own 
name. He has one of the largest and best 
equipped bakeries in Strafford County, and 
employs four or five men the greater part of 
the time. Having a thorough practical 
knowledge of the business, he is able to super- 
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On October 23, 1878, Mr. Hussey married 
Miss Celia A. E. Fall, of Sonicrsworth, a 
daughter of Noah I,, and Amanda (James) 
Fall. They have two children: Leona Iv, 
born May 5, 18S0: and Edith A., born July 
17, 1882. 

Mr. Hussey is a stanch Republican, and has 
been quite active in political matters. In 
1887 and 1888 he was a member of th<? Board 
of Selectmen, and is now serving his third 
term as Alderman from Wanl Three. He 
belongs to Libanus Lodge, No. 49, F. & 
A. M. ; St. Paul Commandery, K. T. ; and 
Washington Lodge, No. 4, I. O. O. F. , of 
Somersworth. He is an active member of the 
Free Baptist church, in which he holds the 
position of church warden. 



tI^NELSON J. CHASE, a rising young 
I =/ farmer of Meredith, Belknap County, 
J-^ x^ N.H., was born in this town, De- 
cember 22, 1869, son of William and Melvina 
Chase. His grandfather, John Chase, who 
was born in Meredith, September 22, 1786, 
married Sally Leavitt, born March 26, 1790, 
and his children were: Luther M., Aaron B. , 
William, John W. , Stephen L., Wealthy, 
Maria, and Hosea. 

Luther M. Chase was born in Meredith, 
April 26, i8ri. With the exception of two 
or three years spent in Newton, Mass., he has 
always resided upon the homestead, which was 
improved by his father. He is an industrious 
and successful farmer. For his first wife he 
married Ro.xanna Gordon, and by that union 
had two sons — Albert A. Chase, M. D., and 
Noah H. Albert A. was graduated from 
Dartmouth College. He entered the volunteer 
service as Assistant Surgeon of the Twenty- 
eighth Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry, and 
died in the army during the Civil War. He 



was unmarried. Noah IL Chase is residing 
in Meredith. 

William Chase, father of Nelson J., was 
born and educated in Meredith. He followed 
agricultural pursuits in this town until his 
death, which occurred in 1871. He wedded 
Mrs. Melvina Smith Taylor, daughter of 
William Smith, of Holderness, N. H. (An 
account of her parents and ancestry will be 
found in a sketch of Curtis V. Smith, which 
appears upon another ]5age of the Ri:vii:w.) 
Mrs. Chase, by her union with David Taylor, 
her first husband, had two children: Frank, 
who is no longer living; and Frank S. By 
her union with Mr. William Chase she had 
four children, namely: Flora K., who married 
George H. Mooney, of Lakeport, N. H.; Clara 
M., who died in infancy; Abbie M., wife of 
Harry Perks, of Everett, Mass. ; and Nelson 
J., the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Melvina 
Chase, after the death of her second husband, 
married his brother, Luther M. Chase. 

Nelson J. Chase is a yoimg man of untiring 
energy and much natural ability. He acquired 
a good practical education in his boyhood, and 
is now carrying on general farming with 
gratifying success. Politically, he acts with 
the Republican part}'. 



fSRAEL HAYES, a veteran shoe manu- 
facturer of Farmington, and one of its 
most venerable and honored citizens, 
was born May 9, iSi6, in Milton, N.H., son 
of Ichabod Hayes. The Hayes family was 
one of the earliest to settle in Strafford 
County. Ichabod Hayes, born and reared in 
Madbury, this county, and familiar from boy- 
hood with the pioneer labor of clearing and 
improving the land, removed to Milton, where 
he was engaged as a tiller of the soil for the 
most of his life. In 1830, at the age of three- 



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score years, he was accidentally killed on the 
drawbridge at Sawyer's Mills in Dover, as the 
result of being thrown out of a wagon by the 
collision of another. His first wife, in maid- 
enhood MissWentworth, of New Castle, N.H., 
died a few years after their union, leaving 
three children — Ephraim, Sarah, and Lydia. 
He afterward married Miss Sally Card, and of 
their eight children but two survive: Israel, 
the subject of this sketch ; and William, who 
resides in Stoneham, Mass. 

Until he was about twenty years old, Israel 
Hayes worked on the farm in the summer sea- 
son, and attended the district schools of Mil- 
ton or Alton in the winter. He was afterward 
employed for a short time at the shoemaker's 
trade in Alton, and then went to Natick, 
Mass., for a short stay. In 1840 he estab- 
lished himself in business in Farmington as a 
manufacturer of custom shoes, continuing for 
some years on a rather modest scale. In 
1853, encouraged by the success he had met 
with, he erected a factory, and for a year 
manufactured shoes in company with H. B. 
Edgerly. Since that time he has continued 
the business in company with his son, making 
a specialty of manufacturing brogan shoes of a 
medium grade, and has built up an extensive 
and flourishing trade. At the present time, 
however, only a part of the building is occu- 
pied. In politics he is a firm supporter of the 
principles of the Republican party. He has 
never cared for public office, although he did 
serve for one year as Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen. 

Mr. Hayes has been twice married. His 
first marriage was contracted with Sarah Rich- 
ards, of Dover, who died soon after, leaving a 
daughter, named Sarah. In ,1848 Mr. Hayes 
was married to Miss Ann F. Edgerly, who 
died November 12, 1889. Five children were 
born of this union, four of whom are now liv- 



ing; namely, Edward VV. , Martha A., l'"rank 
C, and Mary E. Martha is the wife of J. V. 
Safford, of this town; "and Mary is the wife of 
E. F. Cummings, of Beachmont, Mass. Mr. 
Hayes and his family attend and support the 
Congregational church, of which he has been 
a Deacon for twenty years. 



OIIN ALEXANDER MacDONALD, 
the superintendent of the John D. Bates 
estate at Centre Harbor, and an ex- 
member of the New Hampshire legislature, is 
a native of Prince Edward Island, and was 
born July 19, 1S56. He is a son of Alexander 
and Catherine (Gillis) MacDonald, who are 
respectively natives of Scotland and Prince 
Edward Island. The grandfather, John Mac- 
Donald, born in Glasgow, Scotland, learned 
the ship-carpenter's trade in that city. After 
marriage he emigrated to Prince Edward 
Island, where he was for many years engaged 
in building fishing-vessels and in farming. 

Alexander MacDonald, father of the subject 
of this sketch, emigrated with his parents 
when he was a boy. At the age of twenty-one 
he received from his father a farm located 
upon the seashore, which he has since suc- 
cessfully conducted. He has been quite ac- 
tive in local politics, and is identified with 
the Liberal party. His wife, Catherine,' who 
is a daughter of Laughlin Gillis, of Prince 
Edward Island, has had three children, 
namely: John Alexander, the subject of this 
sketch; Joseph, who is now deceased; and 
Mary Ann. Botii parents are Roman Cath- 
olics. 

John Alexander MacDonald resided at home 
until he became of age, receiving his educa- 
tion in the public schools. He then went to 
Boston, and soon after his arrival there ob- 
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VVatertown, Mass., where he remained a year. 
He next worked upon the Phillips estate in 
Beverly, Mass., for a year, and then became 
superintendent of the John D. Bates estate at 
Centre Harbor. This property, which is one 
of the finest rural establishments in New Eng- 
land, contains two hundred acres, has a deer 
park, trout pond, and large greenhouses. 
Blooded cattle and sheep of standard breeds are 
kept, and its stable contains ten fancy horses. 
On March 4, 1S86, Mr. MacDonald married 
Julia Butler, daughter of Andrew Dennison 
Butler, of Boston. They have three children 
— John Alexander, Jr., Andrew Joseph, and 
Marguerite Loretta. In politics Mr. Mac- 
Donald is a Democrat, and was a member of 
the legislature in 1895 and 1896, serving upon 
the Committee on County Affairs. He is a 
Past Chancellor of Meredith Lodge, No. 50, 
Knights of Pythias, and was for three years 
Master of Garnet Hill Grange, Patrons of 
Husbandry. 




MASA VV. SHACKFORD, a photog- 
rapher, well versed in his art, and one 
of the foremost residents of Farm- 
ington, was born in Barnstead, this State, 
November 18, 1834. His grandfather, Josiah 
Shackford, who was born and bred in Ports- 
mouth, removed to Barnstead in the latter part 
of the past century. The father, Seth Shack- 
ford, spent the seventy-seven years of his life 
in Barnstead. Besides general farming he 
followed the occupations of cattle drover and 
general merchant. His reputation was that of 
a capable business man. A straightforward 
Democrat in politics, he was influential in 
local affairs, served in all the town offices, and 
for a time in the respective capacities of 
County Commissioner and Representative to 
the General Court. His first wife, whose 



maiden name was Harriet Hill, died a feu- 
years atter their marriage, leaving three ciiil- 
dien. These were: Horatio H., of Barnstead ; 
Amasa \V., the subject of this brief sketch; 
and Lydia A., the wife of Charles H. Dow. 
His second wife, Roxa A. (Nute) Shackford, 
left no children at her death. He subse- 
quently contracted a third marriage with Mrs. 
Pamelia Brown, of Barnstead. 

Amasa W. Shackford received his education 
at I^ittsfiekl and at tiie New London Literary 
Institute. He went soon after to Concord to 
learn jjhotography, for a while i)eing employed 
in the studio of Benjamin Carr. Having 
acquired a good knowledge of the business, he 
purchased and fitted up a photographer's cart, 
with which he travelled for about six years. 
In 1 866, or thereabouts, Mr. Shackford opened 
a gallery in Farmington, and has since con- 
tinued in his chosen occui)ation in this town. 
For a score of years he taught school in I'arni- 
ington, Barnstead, Northwood, and Gilmanton, 
including classes in penmanship in the jiublic 
schools. In 1884 he built the large block on 
Central Street in which his studio has since 
been located, his large and constantly increas- 
ing patronage having demaiided more commo- 
dious quarters. An artist of wide experience, 
and doing work that compares favorably with 
that of the leading photographers of the 
county, he has a large and constantly increas- 
ing patronage. He is now assisted by his 
son, to whom he has relegated the larger jxirt 
of the responsible work of the establishment. 
In politics he acts with the Democratic party. 
He served his fellow-townsmen in the capacity 
of Town Clerk for five years and tliat of mem- 
ber of the School Board for three years. He 
was made a Mason in Fraternal Lodge; is a 
member of Woodbine Lodge, I. O. O. l'\ : and 
belongs to the Henry Wilson Colony of Pil- 
grim Fathers of I-'arminjjton. 



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Mr. Shackford married Miss Clara A. 
Loiigee, of Barnstead, a daughter of Simeon 
and Mary (Tibbetts) Loiigee. Mr. and Mrs. 
Shackford have but one child, John S., who 
has largely succeeded to the business of his 
father. John S. Shackford completed the 
course of study at the Farmington High 
School, and was subsequently graduated from 
the Scientific and Literary Institute at New 
Hampton, N. H. He is a man of good mental 
attainments, is gifted by nature with artistic 
ability, and he has inherited his father's skill 
in penmanship. Mr. Amasa W. Shackford 
and his family are regular attendants of the 
Free Will Baptist church, and contribute their 
full share toward its maintenance. 



/^^nToRGE L. HALL, a farmer of Barn- 
\J5 I stead, N.I I., was born March 7, 1845. 
1 1 is parents were George and Sally 
(Drew) Hall. His paternal grandfather, Sol- 
omon Hall, and his grandfather's brother, 
Joseph Hall, were early settlers in Barnstead, 
coming here from Strafford. They bought a 
tract of land, and are said to have cleared most 
of it before building, the greater part of it 
being wood land. Solomon Hall married 
Lydia Scruton, of Strafford, who was born Oc- 
tober 12, 1 77 1, and died August 17, 1845. 
He died October 24, 1852, at the age of 
eighty-four years. They had twelve children, 
as follows: liphraim; Joseph; Mary; Deb- 
orah; Lydia; Daniel; Solomon, Jr.; Will- 
iam; George, father of the subject of this 
sketch; Hannah; Stacy; and Alfred. Of 
these children, Daniel and Solomon, Jr., died 
respectively April i and 3, 18 19. 

George, the si.xth son, as above named, lived 
at home with his parents, and was given the 
farm. He married Sally Drew, daughter of 
John Drew, whose father was one of the first 



settlers near Crescent Lake in Alton, N. H. 
George Hall was a Deacon of the Free Will 
Baptist church for a number of years. He 
lived to the age of seventy-four, and his wife 
was seventy -seven years old at the time of her 
death. They had three children, namely: 
George L., subject of this sketch; Lydia 
Charlotte; and John Frank. Lydia Charlotte 
married Samuel Chapman, of Fast Dennis, 
Mass. John Frank has been a successful 
grocer in Farmington, N. PL, for the past 
twenty years. He has held many local offices 
of trust, has represented his town in the 
Lower House of the State legislature, and also 
has served as a member of the Senate. A 
sketch of him appears elsewhere in this 
volume. 

George L. Hall, the elder of the two 
brothers, having acquired his education in 
district and private schools of the town, 'en- 
gaged in general farming, and at the death of 
his father inherited the homestead. Since 
that time he has been very prosperous, and has 
added considerable to the improvements of the 
farm, replacing the old buildings by new 
and commodious ones. He is very popular, 
and has been Selectman of the town for four 
years, in politics always voting with the 
Democrats. 

On May 13, 1883, he married Mary E. 
Holmes, daughter of John F. Holmes, a prom- 
inent citizen of Barnstead. For four years 
before her marriage Mrs. Hall taught school 
in different places, having fitted herself for 
the work by attending Pittsfield Academy sev- 
eral terms. She has been a member of the 
Free Will Baptist church for twenty years. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hall have two children — 
George F. and Mildred E. Mr. Hall is a 
conscientious, faithful citizen, active in all 
the interests of the town, and is one who has 
the confidence of the community. 




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f^AMES FRANK SEAVEY, one of the 
representative men of Strafford County, 
New Hamjishire, occuiiies a position of 
prominence in the financial, political, and 
social circles of Dover, of which he is a resi- 
dent, and is likewise connected with many of 
the leading enterprises of neighboring towns 
and cities. He was born August 14, 183S, in 
Rochester, this county, a son of Samuel F. 
Seavey, and a grandson of Samuel Seavey, one 
of the Rochester farmers who served in the 
War of 1812. His grandfather Ham was also 
a soldier in that war. 

Samuel F. Seavey was born in Rochester, 
where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits 
during his years of activity. He was quite 
successful in his labors; and before his death, 
which occurred when he was seventy-two years 
of age, he had accumulated a considerable 
property. In politics he was a stanch Demo- 
crat, and took an active part in local affairs. 
In his daily walk in life he was guided by the 
Christian jjrinciples, and both he and his wife 
were valued members of the Free Baptist 
church. He married Eliza K. Ham, who was 
like himself a lifelong resident of Rochester, 
N. II. She survived him some time, passing 
away at the good old age of seventy-nine 
years. They reared a family of seven chil- 
dren, as follows: James Frank, the special 
subject of this biography; Mary J. ; Elizabeth 
A.; Albert F., a sketch of whose life will be 
found on another page of this volume; Joseph 
W. ; Charles, who died in infancy; and 
Charles H., residing in Rochester, who is 
connected with his brothers, James F. and 
Albert F., in the lumbering business, their 
plant being located in Dover. 

James Frank Seavey spent his early years 
on the home farm, attending first the public 
schools and afterward the private school of 
Miss Caroline Knight, of Rochester, complet- 



ing his education at the I-'ranklin Academy of 
Dover. At the age of nineteen years he left 
the parental roof to enter upon a business 
career, spending the next eight years as a clerk 
in a dry-goods and grocery store in this city. 
Having become familiar with the details of 
the business in which he had been so long 
employed, Mr. Seavey, forming a partnership 
with his brother, Albert F., under the firm 
name of J. Frank Seavey & Co., established 
a clothing house, which is now managed by 
the junior partner. Capable of mnltituclinous 
cares, he has found time, either as personal 
director or projector, to enter into various 
other enterprises of a financial nature, being 
one of the Directors of the E. II. Rollins & 
Sons' corporation; a member of the well- 
known firm of Charles II. Seavey & Co., man- 
ufacturing lumber dealers ; a Director of the 
B. F. Haley Company, wholesale clothing- 
house, of New Market, N.H. ; a member of 
the Dover Navigation Company; a Director of 
the Dover Improvement Association; Presi- 
dent and Director of the Dovei" Co-operative 
Savings Fund and Loan Association; and pro- 
prietor of a large livery and hack stable. 

In public affairs Mr. Seavey has been very 
active, having served with credit to himself 
and honor to his constituents in various im- 
portant offices. In 1867 he was elected a 
member of the Common Council of Dover, in 
which he served two years; for two years he 
was Selectman of Iiis ward: for the same 
length of time Ward Clerk; from iS6g until 
1872 County Treasurer of Strafford Count\'; 
in 1878 and for three years thereafter a mem- 
ber of the legislature; and in 18S1 was chosen 
as a member of the New Hampshire Senate, 
in 1883 being honored with a re-election, a 
distinction as rare as it was merited. In 
secret society circles Mr. Seavey is likewise 
prominent. He has taken a high rank in 



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Masonry, being a Knight Templar; in the 
Knights of Pythias he was Grand Chancellor 
in 1876, and in 1878 and 1S79 was Supreme 
Representative; he has passed all of the chairs 
of Wechohamet Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Dover; 
ami he also iielongs to the encampment. 

Mr. James Frank Scavey married April 20, 
1863, Miss Sarah F., daughter of Daniel K. 
and Hannah (Ham) Webster, of Dover. They 
iiave two children, namely: Grace W., the 
wife of Montgomery Rollins, of Boston ; and 
Walter H., who married Mabel Foster, and is 
associated with E. H. Rollins & Sons in the 
banking business in Toledo, Ohio. Mrs. 
Seavey is a member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church, of which Mr. Seavey is a regular 
attendant, and toward the support of which he 
is a generous contriliutor. 




I D WARD E. EVANS, a leading farmer 
of Rochester, was born August 13, 
1839, in the house he now occupies, 
and in which his father, William Evans, was 
born in 1799. He belongs to the fourth gen- 
eration of the Evans family. His great- 
grandfather, Benjamin Evans, who came here 
from Madbury in Colonial days, purchased the 
land while it was yet in a wild state, and 
there cleared and improved a farm. This 
property he afterward left to his son, Hanson 
Evans, the next in line of descent. 

William livans spent his life on the home- 
stead, and was one of the foremost farmers of 
his time. Having been a well-read man, of 
broad views and good judgment, he took a 
leading part in affairs. He supported the Re 
publican party, and for two terms was a Rep- 
resentative to the General Court. His death 
occurred on the home farm in 1877, when he 
was seventy -eight years old. His wife, whose 
maiden name was Hannah Shannon, bore him 



ten children, si-x of whom are living. These 
are: Thomas, of Rochester; l{dward E., the 
subject of this article; Charles W., of New 
Durham; John J., who resides in Rochester; 
Mary F. , the wife of Daniel Hussey, of this 
town; and Susan M., the widow of John 
Brock, late of Rochester. 

I'2dward E. Evans completed his education 
at the high school of Sandwich Centre. He 
afterward assisted his father on the farm, ac- 
quiring thereby a practical knowledge of agri- 
culture. He subsequently secured a position 
in Wallace's shoe factory at Rochester, where 
he remainetl three years. In 1871 he returned 
to the old homestead, which has since been 
under his management. It is located on the 
Strafford road, about three and a half miles 
from Rochester, and contains sixty acres of 
land, affording excellent pasture for his cattle, 
and well adapted for raising" crops. He has 
been very successful in raising small grain. 
In 1893 he sent an exhibit of oats, wheat, and 
rye to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 
where he took first prize for oats and rye. In 
politics he is a stanch Republican. He has 
persistently refused nomination for the legis- 
lature, public life having no attractions for 
him. He did, however, serve as Selectman in 
1S85, 18S9, and 1 89 1, and is at present filling 
a term of three years as Selectman of Ward 
Three. He is a member of the Crown Point 
Grange of Strafford, and he and his family 
attend the Crown Point Baptist Church of that 
place. 

Mr. Evans's first wife, in maidenhood Abby 
Vickery, of Rochester, died in 1872. She 
left one child, George E., who, after graduat- 
ing from the Rochester High School, received 
a medical education at the New York Homoeo- 
pathic College, and is now a physician in 
Branford, Conn. 

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Jennie Clark, also of Rochester, ami they have 
two sons, namely: Joseph H., born April 11, 
1878, who graduated from the Rochester High 
School in June, 1897; and K. Roscoe, born 
December 30, 1880, now attending the high 
school. 



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/^TkORGE H. and JOSEPH S. CLARK, 
\ ^ I who, under the firm name of George 
H. Clark & Co., carry on a large 
lumber business in Meredith, are the sons of 
Jonathan and Elsie (Sturtevant) Morse Clark. 
Jonathan Clark, a native of Beverly, Mass., 
having learned the carpenter's trade, moved 
in 1S24 to Centre Harbor, N. H., and engaged 
ill business upon his own account. In 1834 
he removed to Moultonboro, N.H., where he 
followed his trade as a master builder for the 
rest of his life, and died in April, 1868. In 
politics he was originally a Whig and later a 
Republican. He married Mrs. Elsie (Sturte- 
vant) Morse, daughter of Joseph Sturtevant, of 
Centre Harbor. She became the mother of 
four children, namely: Elizabeth, who married 
Reuben Clough, of Warner, N.H.; Emeline 
A., now the wife of Samuel Lull, of the same 
town; and George II. and Joseph S. , the sub- 
jects of this sketch. She died in 1847. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Clark were members of 
the Congregational church. 

George H. Clark, who was born in Centre 
Harbor, February 13, 1833, acquired a dis- 
trict-school education, and then learned the 
carijentcr's trade with his father. He was 
afterward employed for five years in a piano 
factory. At the end of that period he and his 
brother engaged in the manufacture of lumber 
in Meredith. In politics he is a Republican. 
He belongs to Chocorua Lodge of Masons and 
to the Masonic Chapter in Laconia. In i860 
George H. Clark was united in marriage with 
Mary A. Tilton, daughter of Joseph Tilton, of 



Meredith Centre. He atteiuls the Congrega- 
tional church. 

Joseph S. Clark was born in Moultonboro, 
August 30, 1S38. After completing his stud- 
ies in the district schools he served an ap|)ieii- 
ticeship with his father, and afterward lol- 
lowed the carpenter's trade for a time. At 
the age of twenty he became a partner in the 
firm of George H. Clark & Co. The firm are 
extensive manufacturers ami dealers in all 
kinds of lumber, and their annual outimt 
reaches large figures. In 1866 Joseph S. 
Clark married Eliza J. Wiggin, daughter of 
Washington Wiggin, of Meredith. Mrs. 
Clark is now the mother of two chiUlren — 
Joseph and Mary. In i)olitics Mr. Clark is a 

Republican. 

< •••» 

'^Y^^ORRISON BENNETT, a farmer by 
occupation, is an influential citi- 
zen of Alton, Belknap County, 
N. H. A son of Benjamin, Jr., and Lydia 
(Morrison) Bennett, he was born June 7, 1S22, 
in the house he now occupies, a substantial 
frame dwelling built by his paternal grand- 
father in 1774. 

Benjamin Bennett, .Sr. , was one of the ear- 
liest settlers of Alton, coming here from Dur- 
ham. He had previously worked out for a few 
years in New Durham. In Alton he ])ur- 
chased a one-hundred-and-fifty-acie tract ol 
wild land, on which he felled the first trees. 
The Bennett house is probably the first frame 
dwelling built in Alton, ami in the early days 
town meetings were frequently held here. 
Grandfather Bennett lived to be eighty-two 
years of age, and was twice married. His first 
wife, from whom he was soon called to part by 
death, was Betsey March, daughter of Squire 
Paul March, a well-to-do farmer; and his sec- 
ond was Mrs. lilizabeth Ciage Bell, daughter 
of Captain Gage, of Dover, N.II. By the first 




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union there was a daughter, Iklsey, who mar- 
ried Samuel Willey, of New Durham; and by 
tlie second, there were two sons and three 
ikuighters, namely: Sarah, who married Jona- 
than liuzzell; Nancy, who married Squire 
Uavid Willey; Hannah, who married John 
Runnals; Gage, who went away when quite 
young, and was unheard from; and Benjamin, 
[r. Their mother was first married to Colonel 
I'"rederick Bell, of Great Island, N.H., who 
was killed in the Revolutionary War. 

Benjamin Bennett, Jr., passed his life on 
the homestead, dying here September 7, 1870, 
aged seventy-nine years. His wife, Lydia, 
survives him. She is a daughter of David 
Morrison, who fought in the Revolution under 
General John Stark, going into the war when 
eighteen years old, and serving three years. 
David Morrison, born in 1763, was of the 
third generation in descent from Samuel Mor- 
rison, one of the early settlers of Londonderry, 
N. H. Benjamin and Lydia (Morrison) Ben- 
nett had si.x children — Morrison, Albert, 
John, 1-^veline, David, and a child that died in 
infancy. David Bennett died when two and 
one-half years old; Albert, now deceased, re- 
sided in VVolfboro; John, who emigrated to 
New York State, and served in the Civil War, 
in the Seventh Independent New York Bat- 
tery, died in 1866; Eveline married Jeremiah 
York, of Dover, N.H. 

Morrison Bennett in his youth attended pri- 
vate schools and Strafford Academy a few 
terms; and then he taught seventeen terms of 
school winters, and did farm work summers. 
I'"inally he took up farming exclusively, and 
upon his father's death purchased the home- 
stead, which he still owns. Besides attending 
to his personal affairs, Mr. Bennett has for 
twenty years served as a Selectman of Alton, 
has been Town Treasurer, and for two years he 
represented Alton in the State legislature, 



being for many years past one of the leading 
politicians of the town. 

Mr. Bennett was married on July 17, 1852, 
to Miss Christiana E. Berry, of Strafford, one 
of his pupils. They have had nine children; 
namely, Ina B., Abbie J., Hezekiah H., John 
M., Charles A., Nettie E., Ered S., Lillian 
C, and Ira B. Abbie and Nettie died in 
childhood; Ina B. is the wife of Frank E. 
Mooney; Ira B. married Lulu V. I'lint, and 
has one child that is the fifth generation of 
the family to reside on this place, and the 
fourth now living here, as the mother of Mr. 
Morrison Bennett makes her home with him. 

Mrs. Lydia Morrison Bennett is the oldest 
person residing in Alton, being ninety-seven 
years of age. Despite her years, she is re- 
markably well preserved, with memory and 
other faculties clear, but somewhat troubled 
with rheumatism and a slight deafness. The 
following interesting notice of her aj^peared 
in the Boston Globe, July 18, 1896: — 

"Mrs. Bennett has fifteen grandchildren, 
ten great-grandchildren, antl two great -great- 
grandchildren living. The house in which 
she now lives was built in 1774 by her hus- 
band's father; and in its front room to-day 
stands an old-fashioned tall clock which her 
husband bought at an auction before their mar- 
riage, and which has ticked steadily in this 
same house through all the vicissitudes of the 
family for seventy-four years. This clock is 
known to be one hundred and fifty years old. 
It still keeps the best of time, and its owner is 
very proud of it. 

"One remarkable thing about Mrs. Bennett 
is the fact that she was the daughter of a sol- 
dier, the wife of a soldier, and the mother of a 
soldier. Her father served in the Continental 
army in the Revolutionary War seven years; 
her husband served in the War of 1812, by 
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son, John, served in the Rebellion, dying soon 
after his return home from the effects of disa- 
bilities contracted in the service. 

"Mrs. lieniiett was born less tlian four years 
after the incorporation of the town of Alton, 
the centennial anniversary of which was cele- 
brated June 16, 1896; and her stories of the 
early days of the town are very interesting. 
During her married life she has spun wool and 
linen, and she wove all the cloth necessary for 
use in her family for clothing and all other 
purposes. Travelling was all on horseback in 
her early days; and she used frequently to 
take a bridle in her hand, and go to the past- 
ure and catch the horse and start away. In 
speaking of the difference of the amount of 
labor performed by the women of to-day and 
those of her time, she remarked with disdain 
that the women nowadays, who only had their 
housework to do, wanted a maid to do that for 
them. 

"Mrs. Bennett knits, sews, and reads, with- 
out the aid of spectacles; and when the corre- 
spondent visited her she was engaged in taking 
up stitches preparatory to knitting a stocking. 
A year ago she finished a quilt of patchwork 
containing one thousand and seventy-one 
pieces; and last winter she knit a pair of 
double mittens, in what is known as the fox 
and geese pattern, and all without the aid of 
spectacles. She tells with pride that she 
knit each of her boys a pair of mittens when 
they left home, remarking that the last pair 
was for her grandson. Her hearing is some- 
what impaired; but her memory is remarkable, 
and her mind wonderfully clear and strong." 




|RVIN HENRY SMITH, Commandant 
of the Soldiers' Home, Tilton, and 
a veteran of the Civil War, was 
born in Langdon, N.H., February 2, 1840, 



son of Orin and Merinda (Partridge) Smith. 
His great-grandfather, Kbenezer Smith, who 
was a native of Massachusetts, servetl as a 
soldier in the Revolutionary War, and after- 
ward settled in Langdon, Siilli\'an County. 
Ezra Smith, the grandfather, who was born in 
Winchentlon, Mass., September 13, 1778, ac- 
companied his parents to Langdon when he 
was ten years old, and was reared a farmer. 
He followed agricultural pursuits during the 
active period of his life, and died in Langdon. 
His wife, whose maiden name was Hannah 
Henry, reared four children ; namely, Nancy, 
Alden, Orin, and Franklin. Alden and Orin 
were twins. 

Orin Smith, born in Langdon in 1808, re- 
sided at home until his marriage, after which 
he engaged in farming upon his own account. 
In 1 861 he sold his property in Langdon, and 
bought a farm in Peterboro, N. H., where he 
resided until his death, which occurred in 
1884. His wife, Merinda, was a daughter of 
Samuel Partridge, of Alstead, N.I I. Of her 
grandfather, Samuel Partridge (first), a brave 
Revolutionary patriot, who died in the service, 
it is related that he insisted ujjon doing duty 
in the Continental armv, although unable to 
stand. Herfather, Samuel Partridge (second), 
who was a native of Boston, settled in Alstead, 
where he became a prosperous farmer, and was 
an active member of the Congregational 
church. She and her husband were the 
parents of seven children — Ezra M., I'",r\in 
PL, Harriet M., Albert O., Silas AL, ICmma 
R., and Alden K. Harriet M. married A. B. 
Tarbell, of Peterboro, and is no longer living. 
The mother died January 17, 1889. She was 
a member of the Congregational church. 

Ervin Henry Smith began his education in 
the public schools of Langdon, and completed 
his studies at the Union Academy in Alstead. 
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and was a clerk in a store until 1864. He 
then enlisted in Coni])any C, First New 
llaTupshire Cavalry, which was attached to the 
Second Brigade, Third Division, Cavalry 
Corps, under the command of General Sheri- 
dan. He participated in Wilson's ten days' 
raid in June, 1864, was present at the battle 
of Winchester, and remained with the army 
through the Shenandoah Valley campaign, 
until the engagement on the back road, No- 
vember 12, 1864, where he was taken prisoner. 
He was first confined in Richmond, and later 
at Salisbury. He suffered much in the latter 
place, where a hole in the ground was his only 
siielter, and the supply of food was scanty and 
of the poorest quality. The prisoners were 
divided into squads of one hundred men each. 
Between December 6 and February 22, si.xty- 
one of Mr. Smith's squad died from hunger 
and exposure. The prisoners here were offered 
a chance to enlist in the Confederate army, 
with the assurance that they would not be 
ordered into the field. Mr. Smith was paroled 
on P'ebruary 22, 1865, and was mustered out of 
service as a Sergeant on June i 5 of that year. 
Returning to Peterboro, he was engaged in 
mercantile business there until 1872, when he 
moved to Springfield, Mass., and was in the 
hardware trade there for seven years. After 
this he was again in trade in Peterboro for a 
time; but on account of failing health he sold 
his business, and then engaged quite exten- 
sively in truck farming. When the Soldiers' 
Home was opened in Tilton, December 3, 
1890, he was appointed Commandant by the 
Board of Managers. The home now furnishes 
an abiding-place for nearly one hundred 
veterans. 

On December 18, 1867, Mr. Smith was 
united in marriage with Clara L. Gray, daugh- 
ter of William C. Gray, of Peterboro. He has 
one daughter, Clara M. In politics Mr. Smith 



is a Republican. He cast his first Presiden- 
tial vote at Cedar Creek, Va., for Abraham 
Lincoln. While residing, in Peterboro he 
served as Tax Collector for a number of years, 
was Town Treasurer for seven years, and he 
resigned from the ]5oard of Selectmen upon 
his removal. He is a member of Peterboro 
Lodge, No. 15, I. O. O. F. ; and a Past Com- 
mander of A. l*". .Stevens Post, No. 6, 
G. A. R., of Peterboro, N.H. 



M 



UDLEY L. STOKES, M.D., a suc- 
cessful and [lopular j^hysician of 
l^ochester, Strafford County, was 
born in P'reedom, N.H., July 26, 1866, son of 
Stephen A. and Esther A. (Mills) Stokes. 
His father, a native of Eaton, N. H., was the 
well-to-do proprietor of a carriage and carpen- 
ter shop. 

The subject of this sketch lived at home 
with his parents until about fifteen years of 
age, receiving his education in the common 
schools. He then went to New Hampton, 
where he attended the Literary Institute. 
Later he studied medicine with Drs. Merrow 
and Lougee, of Freedom, N. H., for about a 
year. In the summer of 1S86 he entered 
Dartmouth College, from which he was gradu- 
ated in November, 1S88, then going to the 
Long Island College Hospital at Brooklyn, 
N. Y. , where he took a four months' post-grad- 
uate course. In May, 1889, he went to Goffs- 
town, N. H., where he-was engaged in practice 
for two years, subsequently coming from that 
place to Rochester. Here he has acquired a 
good practice, and is numbered among the 
leading physicians of the town. 

On October 11, 1889, Dr. Stokes was united 
in marriage with Miss Sarah I*". Tyler, of 
F^reedom, N.H. Two sons arc the fruit of 
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call)', Ur. Stokes is a Democrat, but on ac- 
count of his professional duties has not de- 
voted much time to jjolitical matters. He 
was County Physician, however, from Decem- 
ber, 1 89 1, to December, 1892; was City Phy- 
sician a year; and served a short time on the 
Board of Health, from which he subsecjuently 
resigned. He is a member of Humane Lodge, 
No. 2, F. & A. M. ; Temple Chapter, R. A. M. ; 
and Palestine Commandery, K. T. 



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I'LORGE WILLIAM YOUNG, a suc- 
VmT cessful farmer of Rochester, was born 
in the town of 15arrington, N.H., 
July 24, 1830, son of Aaron and Lydia 
(Daniels) Young. The family is of Scotch- 
Irish descent. James Young emigrated to 
this country from Scotland, settled in Phila- 
delphia, and married Margaret Sloan. Their 
son William, the grandfather of George W. , 
settleil in the town of Barrington, N.H., and 
married Charity Howe. 

Aaron Young, who was born in Barrington, 
received his education in the district schools 
of his native town. Soon after his marriage 
he purchased a large farm in Barrington, and 
spent the remainder of his life in its cultiva- 
tion and improvement. In politics he was a 
Whig, and he was well known throughout all 
that section of country. He represented the 
town of Barrington in the New Hampshire 
legislature, served on its Board of Select- 
men and in other public ofifices. In re- 
ligion he affiliated with the Congregation- 
alists. His death occurred in 1854. He 
married Lydia Daniels, daughter of Clement 
Daniels, of Barrington, and had a faniily of 
si.x children. These were-: Esther, who mar- 
ried John E. Buzzell, of Durham, and is now a 
widow; Sophia A., now deceased, who married 
George S. Hanson, of Somcrsworth ; the Hon. 



Jacob D., living in Madbury, who was Judge 
of the Probate Court in Strafford County for 
seventeen years, and more recently a member 
of the Governor's Council ; Aaron, who resides 
in Portsmouth, and is Special Agent for the 
United States Treasury Department in Boston, 
Mass. ; Andrew H., Aaron's twin brother, who 
was Collector of United States Internal Reve- 
nue for thirteen years, later Uuartermaster, 
United States Army, and died December 10, 
1890; and George William, the subject of this 
sketch. 

George William Young received his educa- 
tion in the district schools of I^arrington. At 
the age of sixteen years he entered the news- 
paper office of the Dover I'.nqiiinr as an ap- 
prentice to learn the printing trade. Upon 
the expiration of his term of service, being 
then twenty years old, he bought out a job 
printing establishment in Dover, and subse- 
quently carried it on for some three years, 
when he sold out the business. In 1S57 he 
became the agent of the New England Protec- 
tive Union Store at Bow Lake, Strafford, and 
remained in that position for about two 3'ears. 
He then engaged in the grocery business on 
his own account in Dover, and continued in 
the same until March, 1863. During this 
period he was chosen to represent his ward on 
the Board of Selectmen, and afterward in the 
Common Council. He also served as clerk of 
his ward for two years. In 1S63 he went into 
the Quartermaster's department of the United 
States Army, and remained in the service of 
the government until the close of the Civil 
War. Beginning on December i, 1865, he 
was chief clerk antl cashier of the I'^reedmen's 
Bureau in the State of Virginia until May i, 
1869. Pie then entered the service of the 
military government of Virginia, and had the 
oversight and charge of the offices of the Clerk 
of the Senate, Clerk of the House, and the 



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Adjutant-gencrars Department; and he was 
the Superintendent of Public Printing. Sub- 
sequently he was appointed Deputy Collector 
of Internal Revenue for Virginia, which office 
he held for nearly sixteen years, with his 
headquarters at Clarksville, Va. During his 
residence in Virginia he was elected by the 
Republicans for nine successive years to rep- 
resent Mecklenburg County in the Virginia 
legislature, where he served on most of the 
committees. 

At one time he received from his party a 
complimentary nomination for Speaker of the 
House. Throughout the whole period of his 
residence in Mecklenburg County he was the 
United States Commissioner there. In the 
year 18S5 he returned once more to his native 
State. After residing for about two years in 
Dover, he came to Rochester, and purchased 
his present farm of some twenty-five acres, 
where he has continued to live ever since. 
Since his arrival he has served the city as the 
Moderator of his ward. An interesting sou- 
venir of the war, preserved by Mr. Young, and 
used by him for several years in Virginia, is a 
fine mahogany desk, which came from the 
house occupied by Jefferson Davis all through 
his presidency of the Southern Confederacy. 

Mr. Young married Cynthia E. Moody, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Urania (Hobbs) 
Moody, of Ossipee, N.H. His six children 
are: Ella C, who married Herman E. Can- 
ney, of Dover; George W., Jr., who resides 
in Brookfield, Mass. ; Aaron Clarence, of 
Rochester; Emma E., married to George H. 
Clark, of Dover; Charles Sumner, who resides 
in St. Louis, Mo. ; and Albert S., living in 
Rochester. In politics he is a Republican, 
in religious belief a Congregationalist. He is 
well content to pass the residue of his days 
among his kinsfolk and early friends, by whom 
he is held in the highest regard. 



OXATHAN LUKE LOVERING, who 
conducts a flourishing livery business 
in Tilton, was born in Springfield, 
N.H., March 29, 1839, son of Daniel ami 
Sarah (Russell) Lovering. His grandfatlier, 
Daniel Lovering (first), a native of Raymond, 
N.H., was one of the early settlers in Spring- 
field, and became a prosperous farmer of that 
town. Daniel Lovering (second), father of 
Jonathan L., was born in Springfield in 1806. 
He was reared upon the homestead farm, 
which he inherited; and the active period of 
his life was de^'oted to tilling the soil and 
raising cattle and sheep. In politics he was 
a Democrat. His wife, Sarah, who was a 
daughter of Jonathan Russell, of Springfield, 
became the mother of nine children ; namely, 
Moses H., Sarah P., Levi R., Susan R., 
Rosina R. , Jonathan L., Lydia J., Augusta 
M., and Amos E. Of these Moses H., Levi 
R., Susan R., Rosina R., Lydia J., and Au- 
gusta M. are no longer living. Sarah P. mar- 
ried Benjamin P. Cross, of Wilmot, N. H.; 
and Amos E. married Adella Gage, of Pena- 
cook, N.H. The father died in Springfield, 
N.H., December 22, 185 1, aged forty-five; 
and his wife died in New London, N. H., Julv 
25, 1 868, aged sixty-one years. Both were 
members of the Universalist church. 

When his father died Jonathan Luke Lover- 
ing, then but twelve years old, took entire 
charge of the farm, and thereafter conducted it 
for four years. In that period his brothers 
Levi R. and Moses H.died, the former on May 
10, 1853, and the latter on the 14th of the same 
month. At the age of sixteen he moved with 
his mother, who married again, to New Lon- 
don, N.H. He acquired a district -school edu- 
cation, and resided at home until he was about 
eighteen. He then began to work as a farm 
assistant; and some four years later he bought 
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Lomlon. After this lie was engaged in gen- 
eral farming and butchering, and he ran a 
meat cart for six years. Later he bought and 
ran the stage and mail routes between New 
London and Potter Place, and that from New 
London to Bradford for three years. In 1873 
he sold his farm and stage lines, and, coming 
to Tilton, purchased the stage and mail route, 
together with the livery business connected 
with the hotel, which was then known as the 
Dexter House, He ran the stage line from 
Tilton to Franklin until 1895, when it was 
discontinued, owing to the building of the 
railroad from Tilton to P""ranklin. In 1880 he 
bought the Dexter House, rebuilt it in 1886; 
and now, bearing the name of the Lovering 
Hotel, it is one of the finest public houses in 
this section. He still owns the property, and 
continues to carry on the livery stable con- 
nected with it. In politics he supports the 
Democratic party, and was elected to the New 
Hampshire House of Representatives in 1892. 
On February 11, 1862, Mr. Lovering was 
united in marriage with Roxanna E. Todd, of 
New London, daughter of James and Mary 
(Dodge) Todd. Of his four children two are 
living, namely: Fred H., who was born Octo- 
ber 18, 1865; and Wenona D., born July 10, 
1882. Fred H., now an architect in Buffalo, 
N.Y., married Charlotte Calef, of Lowell, 
Mass., and has one son, Maitland C, born 
December i, 1894. Mr. Lovering is con- 
nected with the Knights of Honor. Mrs. 
Lovering is a member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. 

[ARK H. MATHE.S, a well-to-do 
farmer and prominent town officer 
of Durham, Strafford County, was 
born here, October 2, 1840, son of Jacob and 
Mehitable J. (Willey) Mathes. Ten genera- 
tions of this family have been born at the 




ancestral mansion. l-'rancis Mathes, the ear- 
liest progenitor and original grant-owner, 
came here from England in 1640. The 
grandfather and great-grandfather of Mark H. 
were both named \'alentine. 

Jacob Mathes was a stone cutter, and fol- 
lowed his trade for many years in Ouincy, 
Mass. Returning to the old homestead in 
Durham in 1848, he continued at .stone work 
and contracting until 1872. In politics he 
affiliated with the Republican party. Offi- 
cially, he served acceptably as Chairman of the 
Board of Selectmen, Collector and Rejjresenta- 
tive to the legislature. His wife bore him five 
children; namely, Sarah E., Mark H., Carrie 
A., Hannah A., and Emma E. Sarah E. 
married William R. Coffin; Carrie A. married 
Ambrose C. Hill; Hannah became the wife of 
George Shrives; and Emma E. is deceased. 
The father died in 1872, at the age of fifty-six 
years; and his wife, who lived to be sixty- 
seven, died in 1S84. 

Mark H. Mathes removed with his parents 
to the ancestral abode when he was seven 
years of age. His district -school education 
was supplemented by a course of study at 
Colby Academy in New London, N.H. When 
his father died he returned home, where he 
has since managed the farm. Since first exer- 
cising the elective franchise, he has affiliated 
with the Republican party, and like his hon- 
ored father he has attained official distinction. 
He served as Selectman for three years, being 
Chairman of the Board in the last year; was a 
member of the State legislature in 1S85; was 
Tax Collector in 1893, 1894, 1895, and 1896; 
and was Road Commissioner in 1895 and 
1896. 

Mr. Mathes has been twice married. By 
the first union, contracted in 1875 with Emma 
Clark, there was one child, Jacob, who died in 
1890. The maiden name of his seconil wife 



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was Zella Stevens. They were married in 
1878, and now have two children — Charles 
E. I', and Albert H. Fraternally, Mr. 
Mathcs is identified with Swaniscott Lodge, 
I. O. O. v., of New Market, N.H. ; and with 
Scammel Grange. Mrs. Mathes is a highly 
respected member of the Durham Congrega- 
tional church. 




STEPHEN SHANNON JEVV- 
1{;TT. — "Of the young men of New 
Hampshire who have made their 
mark within the past few years, no one has 
advanced to the front with such rapidity and 
certainty as Stephen S. Jewett, of Laconia. 
His success has not been owing to any fortui- 
tous circumstances, nor to any special advan- 
tages of birth, education, or wealth, but wholly 
to his merits as a man of superior ability, of 
great courage, and of unsurpassed fixity of pur- 
pose. He is one whom, in homely but expres- 
sive language, it is safe to tie to." ( T/w Granite 
Montlily, April, 1895.) 

Mr. Jewett was born in that part of Gilford, 
Belknap County, N. H., now included in La- 
conia, on September 18, 185S. He is the son 
of John G. and Carrie E. (Shannon) Jewett, 
and comes of English stock. His great- 
grandfather, Samuel Jewett, who was one of 
the Revolutionary patriots in the battle of 
Bunker Hill, resided for some time in Hollis, 
N.H., whence he moved to Laconia, he and 
his brother being practically the first settlers 
of this place. Smith Jewett, Mr. Jewett's 
grandfather, was a respected citizen of La- 
conia; and his son, John G. Jewett, is a native 
resident of this place, and is a highly 
esteemed citizen. A gentleman of scholarly 
attainments, he taught school for a number of 
years. 

Stephen Shannon Jewett acquired his early 
education in the public schools of Laconia 



and under private tuition by his father. At 
the age of seventeen he took up the study of 
law with the Hon. Charles F. Stone, and was 
prepared for examination for the bar in 1S79; 
but being under age he was obliged to wait a 
year. Admitted to the bar in March, 18S0, 
he began practice in Laconia, and. until i88g 
conducted an independent business. William 
A. Plummer then became his partner, and he 
is still associated with him. During the fif- 
teen years of Mr. Jewett's active practice few 
important cases have appeared on the docket 
of Belknap County without his name in con- 
nection, either as counsel for plaintiff or de- 
fendant. His most noted recent case was the 
celebrated crim. con. suit of Wilcomb against 
VVilcomb, Mr. Jewett appearing for the plain- 
tiff. In 1S84 he accepted the position of 
Clerk of the Supreme Court for Belknap 
County, as an accommodation to suit the 'con- 
venience of the court, and served for a short 
time. He drafted and secured the passage of 
Laconia's city charter, was the first City 
Solicitor" elected, and as City Solicitor is still 
in office. Aside from his legal work he has 
many financial interests. He is a Director in 
the Laconia Building and Loan Association, 
the Laconia Land and Improvement Company, 
the Standard Electric Time Company, the 
Laconia Masonic Temple Association, the La- 
conia National Bank, and the Weirs Hotel and 
Land Company. 

Mr. Jewett began to take an interest in pol- 
itics in 1876 when a youth of eighteen, and 
was soon recognized as a Republican leader. 
He conducted the affairs of the Town Com- 
mittee from 1880 to 1890, and, becoming a 
member of the State Committee in 1884, was 
elected Secretary of that body in 1890. He 
gave ample proof of his efificiency in this 
capacity during what is known as "the famous 
Tuttle campaign, the hardest-fought political 




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battle ever known in New Hampshire." In 
the House of Representatives he was luigross- 
ing Clerk in 1883, and served at different 
times as Assistant Clerk and Clerk. "As 
Clerk of the House of Representatives, who 
had the making up of the roll, he appeared 
before the full bench of the Supreme Court in 
the famous attempt of the Democrats to make 
him disclose his intentions as to whether or 
not he intended to place on the roll the names 
of certain Representatives who had been de- 
clared elected in town meeting. The great 
battle over, the 'If Kntitled' will not soon be 
forgotten in this State, nor will Mr. Jewett's 
services to the Republican party at that criti- 
cal juncture. As in all the crises of his life, 
he rose to the occasion, and suddenly the 
people of all parties recognized him as the 
coming man. At the opening of the next 
campaign, that of 1892, Mr. Jewett was chosen 
Chairman of the State Committee; and the 
triumphant election of Governor John B. 
Smith proved the wisdom of the choice. In 
1894 he was again put at the head of the great 
organization; and, with the experience of two 
years before to guide him, he secured the elec- 
tion of the candidate. Governor Charles A. 
Busiel, by the unheard-of majority of ten 
thousand votes. At this election he was 
himself elected to represent his ward in the 
legislature, and his name was at once put for- 
ward by his friends as a candidate for the 
Speakership. With the tremendous prestige 
which he had attained as leader in the great 
Republican victory in November, no candidate 
could stand before him; and he was nominated 
for Speaker in the Republican caucus by a vote 
of two to one over his only competitor. He 
was elected as a matter of course, and has 
made as good a Speaker as ever presided in our 
legislative halls." {Graiii/r Montlily.) 

Mr. Jewett was Colonel on the staff of Gov- 



ernor Goodell in 18S9. He was a delegate to 
the National Republican Convention at St. 
Louis in 1896 that nominated McKinley for 
President; and at present, though his contin- 
ually increasing law ]:)ractice prevents him 
from entering to any great extent into political 
work, he is a member of the Executive Com- 
mittee of the New Hampshire Republican 
State Committee, and he is on the Executive 
Committee of the Republican National League. 

Mr. Jewett was married June 30, 1880, to 
Annie L. Bray, of Bradford, England. lie 
had then just started in the practice of law, 
and had not even an assured income; and his 
subsequent success he insists is due much 
more to his wife than to himself. They have 
one promising boy, Theo S. 

A member of several bar associations, Mr. 
Jewett has also formed a number of other 
social connections. At one time he was a 
member of the New Hampshire National 
Guard ; and for several years he belonged to 
Company K, Third Regiment, of Laconia. 
In Masonry he has taken all the degrees up to 
the thirty-second ; and he has been Master of 
Mount Lebanon Lodge, High Priest of Lhiion 
Chapter, Master of Pythagorean Chapter, and 
Commander of Pilgrim Commandery — all of 
Laconia; and is now an officer of the Grand 
Council of New Hampshire. In private life 
he is courteous and agreeable, witii a kindly 
word always for the absent and those in 
trouble. 



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fs^AMES E. HAYES, Sheriff of Strafford 
County, was born April 13, 1841, in 
the town nf Earmington, N. H., on the 
homestead which his great-grandfather, Daniel 
Hayes, cleared from the wilderness. This 
homestead was likewise the birthplace of 
Daniel Hayes, Jr., the grandfather, and of liis 
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these progenitors was a sturdy tiller of the 
soil; and each in his turn added to the im- 
provements already be,<;un on tiie land, and 
made it his honie. Richard Hayes married 
Martha A. lidgerly, of Farmington, who bore 
liim two children, namely: Annie M., who 
marrieil Alvah M. Kimball; and James E., the 
subject of this sketch. 

James E. Hayes, in common with most 
farmers' sons, received the larger jiart of his 
education in tlie district school. He left 
school at the age of thirteen years to learn 
shoemaking. This trade he afterward fol- 
lowed for thirty consecutive years. In 1882 
he erected in his native town a factory for the 
manufacture of heels for boots and shoes; and 
he has since carried it on successfully, build- 
ing up an extensive business. The factory is 
now under the charge of his son, Eugene B. 
Hayes. It was personally managed by Mr. 
James E. Hayes until 1892, when he was 
appointed Deputy Sheriff, an office to which 
he was re-elected the following year. In 
1895 and 1896 he served in the capacity of 
Sheriff of Strafford County with so much 
ability that he was elected to the office for a 
second term. In politics he has been a firm 
supporter of Republican principles, and cast 
his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lin- 
coln. In 1872 Mr. Hayes represented the 
town of Farmington in the State legislature, 
and in 1887 he served it as Selectman. Dur- 
ing the administration of President Harrison 
he took the manufacturers' census of his dis- 
trict. He is a member of the local grange, 
and both he and his wife are members of the 
Congregational church. 

On November 24, 1870, Mr. Hayes married 
Miss Mary E. Peavey, of Farmington, a 
daughter of John L. and Emily Furber Peavey. 
The only children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hayes 
are: Eugene B., Deputy Sheriff and manager 




of his father's factory in Farmington; and 

John R. , a student of the Dover Business 

College. 

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LPHEUS L. BEAN, a retired 
farmer and an extensive real estate 
dealer of Belmont, was born at 
Loudon Ridge, N. H., February 4, 1820, son 
of Elijah and Betsey (Mudgett) Bean. The 
maternal grandfather, Scribner Mudgett, who 
was pron)inent among the early settlers of this 
district, emigrated from England about the 
year 17S3, settled upon two hundred acres of 
wild land situated in Gilmanton, and there 
cleared a good farm, half of which he gave to 
one of his sons. He died at the age of sixty- 
five years. His ten children were: Edward, 
Richard, Samuel, John, Mary, Sally, Susan, 
Betsey, William, and one whose name is un- 
known. Susan became Mrs. Clifford. Sally 
taught school for some years, after which she 
married Levi Sleeper, a prominent farmer. 
Betsey, born February 29, 17SS, who was 
William's twin sister, and always resided at 
the homestead, in 1813 became the wife of 
Elijah Bean, who was born November 30, 
1788. 

P21ijah and ]5etsey (Mudgett) Bean were the 
parents of six children, one of whom died in 
infancy. The others were: Fanny G., Joseph 
M., Alpheus L. , ]5etsey N., and Erastus 
Alonzo. Fanny G. , who was born September 
10, 1815, married Joshua Wood, son of John 
Wood, a stone-maker of Hancock, N. H. 
Joshua Wood, who was a painter, followed his 
trade in Manchester for a time; and he and his 
wife passed their last days in Tilton. They 
had two children, neither of whom is living. 
Joseph M. Bean, born October 11, 1S17, who 
was engaged in farming and the live-stock busi- 
ness until he reached the age of seventy, is 
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marriage Catherine Tilton, became tlie mother 
of three children, of whom George, the only 
survivor, is now residing in Springvalc, Me. 
l?y his second wife, Ann (Neal) l^ean, who 
was a native of Meredith, N. II., he became 
the father of Ellen Bean. Mllen married for 
her first husband Otis Clark, a well-known 
citizen of Manchester, who died in 1892, leav- 
ing one daughter. She married for her second 
husband Frank Davis, who owns a farm situ- 
ated upon the dividing line between Manches- 
ter and Canterbury, N.II. Both her parents 
reside with her. Betsey Bean, born Novem- 
ber 18, 1822, died in Lowell, Mass., October 
21, 1S39. Erastus Bean, born February 23, 
1827, who died in California in 1852, married 
on December 19, 1850, Augusta Ewer, of Bel- 
mont. The only child of that union, Flora 
Elizabeth, died when one year old. 

Alpheus L. Bean was educated in the dis- 
trict schools. When his studies were com- 
pleted he engaged in farming. Having bought 
a part of his father's farm, he resided there 
imtil 1847, when he sold the property and en- 
gaged in the stone business. In 1850 he 
again turned his attention to agricultural pur- 
suits, and bought a farm of one hundred and 
eighteen acres, located in what was called the 
Jamestown Section of Belmont. He erected a 
new house upon that farm, and resided there 
until 1854, when he sold ths estate advantage- 
ously. From that time until settling upon his 
present farm he made a business of buying 
agricultural propert)', which he would improve 
and sell, realizing each time a handsome profit. 
Among the estates that jjassed through his 
hands in this manner were the Ilackett Emery 
place, a farm located in the French neighbor- 
hood, and another situated in the Jamestown 
Section. In 1865 he purchased forty acres of 
the farm on Ladd PI ill he now occupies. 
Since then he has increased its size to eighty 



acres. Aside from carrying on general farm- 
ing, he had a milk route, and kept ten cows 
and four horses. He has been successful botJi 
in speculation and agricultural pursuits, and 
for many years was one of the most active and 
industrious residents of Belmont. Some time 
since he retired from active labor, leaving the 
management of the farm to his son, and is now 
devoting his time to looking after his invest- 
ments, which include some valuable interests 
in Laconia. In politics he is a Republican; 
and, though averse to taking ]iart. in public 
affairs, he was persuaded to serve two years as 
a member of the I^oard of Selectmen. 

In 1S44 Mr. Bean contracted his first mar- 
riage with Polly G. Dow. She was a daughter 
of Joseph Dow, of Sanbornton, N. H., and died 
in 1846. In 1850 he wedded Matilda A. 
Bean, daughter of Joseph Bean, of ]5rentwood, 
N. H. ; and on April 22, 1869, he married for 
his third wife Mrs. Addie L. (Leighton) 
Morrill. Moses Leighton, the father of his 
third wife, was reared in h'ranklin, N.II., son 
of Edwin Leighton, was a prosperous farmer 
of Sanbornton, and was prominent in local 
politics. He was the father of seven other 
children; namely, Lydia, Samuel, Ira, Wes- 
ley, Freeman, Edward, and Joel. Lydia mar- 
ried C. J. Smith, a foreman in the Laconia 
Car Works, and had one daughter, Carrie, who 
died at the age of thirty three years. Samuel 
enlisted in a New Hampshire Cavalry Regi- 
ment, and died from disease contracted in 
prison during the Civil War. Ira, who is an 
overseer in the Laconia car shops, wedded 
Martha A. Somes, and became the father of 
two children, who died at an early age. Wes- 
ley, who enlisted in the Twelfth New Hamp- 
shire Volunteers, was killed in the battle of 
Fredericksburg. Freeman died of tyjilioid 
fever at the age of twenty-one. Edward, who 
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for his first wife Leltie Currier, of Belmont; 
and she bore him three children — Archie, 
Edward, and Grace. Mrs. Bean married for 
her first husband Frani< Morrill, of Gilford, 
N. II. By her Mr. Bean has two children — 
Mattie May and Frank A. Mattie May, born 
Fci)ruary 26, 1870, was a graduate from the 
Laconia High School at the age of fifteen, 
and then took a cla.ssical course at the New 
Hampshire Conference Seminary in Tilton. 
After teaching school for a time, she in 1892 
married Edward G. Rand, a prosperous farmer 
of Belmont. I'rank A., born August 18, 
1876, was educated at the seminary in Tilton, 
and is now managing the homestead farm. 
Mr. Bean was one of the first to join the 
Christian Church in Laconia. 



20UIS WARNER FLANDERS, M.D., 
of Dover, prominently identified with 
^■^ the medical profession as a special- 
ist in treating diseases of the eye and ear, 
was born April 27, 1864, in Wickford, 
Washington County, R.I., son of the Rev. 
Alonzo B. Flanders, D. D., and a grandson of 
the late James F'landers. The grandfather 
was a man of some prominence in Vermont, 
where his death occurred when seventy-si.x 
years old. 

The Rev. A. B. I^'landers, who was born in 
Chelsea, Vt., December 6, 1829, received his 
early education in Exeter, N. H. He then 
studied for the ministry with Bishop Carleton 
C. Chase, of this State, and was duly admitted 
to priestly orders at Claremont, N.H., in 
June, 1853. Soon after this event he was 
called to Wickford, R.I., where he labored 
twelve years as rector of St. Paul's Church. 
At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted 
in the Fourth Rhode Island Volunteer Infan- 
try, and served as Chaplain at the front for two 



years. During this time he was twice stricken 
with malarial fever. The second attack was 
so severe that only the bravery of his devoted 
wife, who made her way through the lines and 
nursed him back to health, could have pre- 
vented a fatal termination. After his return 
to Wickford, acting upon the advice of his 
physician, he went to Vermont, hoping to ben- 
efit his health by a stay in the mountains. In 
December, 1868, he settled in Chester, Vt., 
where he afterward founded St. Luke's Churcii, 
of which he was rector for fifteen years. Af- 
terward he spent a short time at White River 
Junction, Vt., and then removed to St. Al- 
bans, in the same State, where he is still 
actively engaged in his ministry, which now 
covers a period of more than forty years. He 
is one of the oldest and most highly esteemed 
ministers of Vermont. His degree of Doctor 
of Divinity was conferred on him by the Ver- 
mont University. He is a member of the 
Standing Committee of the diocese, an K\- 
amining Chaplain, and has served as a dele- 
gate to the General Convention several times. 
His wife, in maidenhood Sarah A. Ide, was 
born in Windsor, Vt., daughter of Simeon Ide. 
Mr. Ide was well known in literary and po- 
litical circles, having been an editor, pub- 
lisher, and politician, and the founder of the 
Vermont Journal and the American Yioman, 
both of which he established in iSiS. In 
1815 he printed in an old blacksmith shop 
the first edition of the New Testament ever 
printed in New Hampshire. He was de- 
scribed as "leader among men," was a mem- 
ber of the State militia, and he had an 
extensive acquaintance with the most promi- 
nent politicians of his native State. He lived 
to the venerable age of ninety-four years. 

Louis W. Flanders obtained his early edu- 
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Subsequently ho entered the University of 
Vermont, and graduated from the medical de- 
partment in the summer of 1885. Then he 
began the practice of general medicine at 
Highgate, \'t., remaining there a short time. 
The Doctor removed then to Brandon, Vt. , 
and in the following year was associated with 
A. T. Woodward. Going thence to Castleton, 
Vt., he continued in practice there until iSgo, 
when he gave up his general work and re- 
moved to Burlington, in the same State. 
Here he was assistant to J. H. Woodward, 
M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Otol- 
ogy, and Adjunct Professor of the Materia 
Medica in the University of Vermont. Dr. 
Flanders remained in Burlington three years, 
becoming skilled in the branches of study in 
which he was specially interested. In 1893 
he opened an ofifice in Dover, where as an 
oculist and aurist he now possesses a lucra- 
tive practice within a circuit of twenty miles. 
On December 26, i8go. Dr. Flanders mar- 
ried Miss Annie Miriam Hilton, of Chester, a 
companion of his early childhood and a school- 
mate. Politically, the Doctor is a stanch Re- 
publican, but takes no active part in public 
affairs. Socially, he is prominently identi- 
fied with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to 
]?urington Lodge, No. 100, F. & A. M., of 
Burlington, of which he is a Past Master; 
to ]3urlington Chapter, R. A. M. ; to Orphan 
Council, R. & S. M., Dover; to Burlington 
Commandery, K. T. ; and to the Vermont 
Consistory, A. A. S. , Northern jurisdiction. 



"ON. WILLIAM E. WATERHOUSE, 
the proprietor of a large farm in Bar- 
rington, his birthplace and present 
home, was born January 31, 1S45, only child 
of Jeremiah and Martha A. (Winkley) Water- 
house, and grandson of Jeremiah Waterhouse. 




Timothy Waterhouse, the father of Jcicmiah 
Waterhouse, Sr., was the first of the family to 
settle in Barrington. 

Jeremiah Waterhouse, Jr., served a four 
years' a|iprenticeship to the carpenter's trade, 
and then took up the business of building on 
contract. This he followed successfully for 
twenty-five years, after which he retired to a 
farm and engaged in agriculture. I'ormerly a 
Whig, after the formation of the Republican 
party he became an adherent of that organiza- 
tion. In 1859 and I S60 he was a member of 
the State legislature; and from 1861 to tlie 
time of his death, which happened in 1888, he 
was Postmaster of Barrington. In the latter 
ofifice he was succeeded by his widow, who con- 
tinued to hold it thereafter until her death in 
1892. 

William E. Waterhouse was educated in the 
common and high schools of Barrington and 
at Franklin Academy of Dover. Being the 
only child, he lived with his parents until 
their death. In the home farm he has about 
three hundred and fifty acres. Besides this he 
owns other land amounting to four hundred 
and fifty acres. While gi\'ing due attention to 
his real estate and other interests, he has 
taken a very active part in jniblic affairs. He 
was first elected to ofifice in 1867, when he 
became Town Clerk, in which capacity he 
afterward served the town until 1S71. During 
the ne.Nt two years he was legislative Repre- 
sentative. In 1876 and 1877 he served as 
Selectman, and in 1886 he was re-elected to 
serve until the sjiring of 1890; and he was 
Chairman of the Board for two years of that 
time. In 1882 he was elected Count)' Com- 
missioner, and afterward held the ofifice two 
years. Since 1887 he has been Moderator at 
town and school meetings. He has served on 
the Scliool Board for the past foui' years. In 
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Senate from the Twelftli District, on the Re- 
publican nomination. For tlie past twenty 
years he has Ijccii a member of tlic State Cen- 
tral Republican Committee. 

On February i, 1868, Mr. Waterhouse mar- 
ried Miss Flizabeth S. Hale, of Barrington. 
His children are: Jeremiah, born April 14, 
1875; and Ruth, born June 22, 1887. In the 
fall of 1896 Jeremiah was elected to the 
legislature, and celebrated the event by giv- 
ing a supper to over a thousand of his friends. 
He belongs to the third of the three gen- 
erations of the Waterhouse family that have 
represented Barrington in the legislature. 
The Hon. William E. Waterhouse is a mem- 
ber of Centennial Grange; of Wannalancet 
Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men, of 
Dover; and of Mount Pleasant Lodge, I. O. 
O. F., of the same place. 




iALVIN JENKINS, a successful farmer 
of Barnstead, was born here, April 30, 
1840, son of Joseph and Lydia Ann 
(Merrill) Jenkins. John Jenkins, Joseph's 
father, who came to Barnstead from Lee, 
N.H., purchased a tract of land near Suncook 
Pond, on which he settled, and subsequently 
became the owner of considerable land in Lee. 
He died in the latter place. His children 
were: John, Joseph, Lois, Hannah, Sally, and 
William. John, who lived and died in Lee, 
N.H., leaving five children, represented his 
town in the State legislature and held other 
offices. Sally married John M. Chesley, and 
lived in Barnstead. Lois married Sargent 
Hanson, and now resides in Madbury, N. H. 
Hannah married Jacob Odcll, of Durham, and 
had one child, who died while attending col- 
lege. William, who was a manufacturer of 
starch in different places in New York, and 
died in 1895, married Joanna Foss, who died 



some years ago. They had five children, of 
whom Louisa, Fannie, and Emma are living. 

Joseph Jenkins, born in Lee, removed when 
a young man to Barnstead, where he took up 
farming, and subsequently became the largest 
land-owner in this town. He was also quite 
largely engaged in buying and selling timber 
lots. In politics he was a loyal Republican. 
Whenever he was a candidate for office, he 
was always successful. He was Selectman for 
many years, and he represented the town in 
the State legislature for two years. In relig- 
ion he was a strong believer in the tenets of 
Quakerism. He lived to be ninety two years 
old. The first of his two marriages was con- 
tracted with Miss Nancy Walker; and the 
second with Miss Lydia Ann Merrill, daugh- 
ter of Elisha Merrill. By the first there were 
five children; namely, William A., Joseph, 
John, Oren, and Louisa. Of these, Joseph, 
John, and Oren are living. Louisa died in 
girlhood. The children of the second mar- 
riage were: Charles F., Everett, Lewis and 
Louisa (twins), Calvin, Melvin, Mary and 
Lyman (twins). Everett served in the Civil 
War until a severe" wound, received at the 
battle of Fredericksburg, obliged him to re- 
turn home. Lewis and Melvin were also sol- 
diers in the war. Lewis was wounded in the 
foot. After the war Melvin served for a time 
on the police force of Manchester, N. H., and 
there subsequently became the City Marshal. 
Lyman is now a Deacon in the First Congre- 
gational Church of Barnstead. 

After acquiring a common-school education, 
Calvin Jenkins took up farming with his 
father, with whom he remained until he was 
twenty-si.x years of age. Then he started out 
for himself, continuing in the same occupa- 
tion on a farm on Beauty Hill, that his father 
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entailing a licavy loss to him. Afterward, in 
1892, he purchased the place at Barnstead 
Parade where he now lives. Mr. Jenkins is 
one of the representative farmers of the town. 
He is prominent in the Republican party. 
In 1888 and 1889 he was elected Deputy 
Sheriff of Belknap County, and served two 
years. Re-elected in 1892, 1894, and 1896, 
he is still serving in that capacity. On pre- 
vious occasions, when he was a candidate for 
ofifice, the Democrats carried the elections. 
On February 26, 1S62, l\ir. Jenkins married 
Miss Hannah M. Sackett, daughter of Noble 
Sackett, of Barnstead, who had eleven other 
children. Mr. Sackett, who came to Barn- 
stead from Massachusetts and was the first 
shoemaker in this town, followed his trade 
up to the age of sixty-five years. Mr. and 
Mrs. Jenkins have one son, Edgar, who is em- 
ployed by the American E.xpress Company, 
Boston. Edgar married Grace A. Willey, 
daughter of Horatio G. Willey, of Barnstead, 
and now has one child — Harold W. , born 
April 7, 1895. Mrs. Calvin Jenkins is a 
member of the First Congregational Church. 




LVAH B. FLANDERS, Tax Collector 
of Alton, was born upon the farm he 
now occupies, in West Alton, son of 
Andrew and Betsey (Eaton) F^landers. His 
grandfather, Ezekiel Flanders, in young man- 
hood accompanied his parents from Amesbury, 
Mass., to Alton, and later, in West Alton, 
took up a tract of fifty acres of wild land, and 
converted it into the farm now owned by his 
grandson, Alvah B. Ezekiel, who was prob- 
ably the first settler in this part of the town, 
besides clearing thirty acres of his land, 
hauled lumber on sleds to Gilmanton. He 
finally erected a frame house, and resided here 
until his death. He married for his first 



wife Susannah Buzzell, and reared five chil- 
dren — Andrew, luioch, Sally, IClizabcth, and 
Su.san. Enoch, who settled upon land in Gil- 
ford given him by liis father, about one mile 
from the homestead, married, and raised a 
family of three sons and three daughters. 
Sally became the wife of Jacob Leavitt, of 
Gilford, and left one daughter. IClizabeth 
married Lyman Blaisdell, a farmer of Gilford; 
and of her family there is one sin'vivor. 
Susan married William B. Hinckley, of 
Alton, and had a family of six childien. The 
mother died at the age of seventy-five; and 
the father, who was then eighty years old, 
married Betsey Davis, and passed the last ten 
years of his life happily with his second biide. 
His second wife died at ninety-two. 

Andrew Flanders, born in Alton in 1790, 
was nine months old when his parents moved 
to West Alton. When a young man he 
settled and erected a house on a part of the 
homestead property. He finally succeeded to 
the ownershiji of the entire farm. Energetic 
and industrious, he became prosperous, and 
added about one hundred acres to the tract. 
He supported the Democratic part}' in politics, 
and acted as a Justice of the Peace for many 
years. He was one of the first Adventists in 
Alton, and continued in that belief until his 
death, which occurreil in 1872. His wife, 
Betsey, who was a nati\e of Pittsfield, N.H., 
became the mother of a large family of chil- 
dren, nine of whom lived to maturit\'. These 
were: John K. , Sally, lizekiel S. , Andrew S., 
Betsey, Aniasa K. J., Dana J., Ilezekiah 11, 
and Ah'ah B. John ]■'.. died in Laconia, leav- 
ing one son. Sally became tlie wife of John 
Carr. Andrew S. married in Newburyport, 
Mass., and resided there for the rest of his 
life. Amasa married, and resided in Alton 
Dana J. died in Salem, and left four daugh- 
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twenty-two years. Hezekiah moved from Gil- 
ford to Salem, where he died. Mrs. Andrew 
Flanders died in i<SS4, aged sixty-two years. 

Aivah 1^. Inlanders was reared and educated 
in Alton. He belongs to the third of the 
three generations of the family that have occu- 
pied the homestead. At his father's death he 
succeeded to the property, on which he has 
since successfully carried on farming. In 
politics he is a Republican, and a local party 
lender of ability. He has been the candidate 
of JKith parties for Ta.x Collector since 1888. 
Mr. Flanders married Sarah C, daughter of 
Daniel b'landers, of Alton. Her parents were 
active and industrious and sturdy farming 
people. Mr. Alvah B. Flanders and his wife 
have five children; namely, Edwin D., Ellen 
E. , Oscar A., Willie A., and Maurice L. 
Edwin D. , now the proprietor of a flourishing 
provision business and of some valuable real 
estate in Nashua, N. H., is married, and has 
two sons. Ellen K. and Maurice L. reside at 
home. Oscar A. taught school for a time, and 
is now employed in a grocery store in Lake- 
port. W'illie A. is with his i)rothcr in 
Nashua. 




"ON. CHARLES H. LOONEY, a 
irominent merchant of Milton, and 
an e.\-member of the New Hamp- 
shire Senate, was born in this town, July 11, 
1849, son of I^'rancis and Rhoda Ann (Leigh- 
ton) Looney. His grandfather was Thomas 
Looney, an Englishman, who late in life emi- 
grated to the United States, and died soon 
after his arrival. The father was a native of 
Manchester, England, where he learned the 
cotton manufacturing business. In 1820 he 
came to this country, and for some time acted 
as agent of the satine mills in Dover, N.H. 
He finally settled in Milton, where he was en- 
gaged in manufacturing cotton warp for a 



number of years; and he died January 18, 
1854. He married Rhoda Ann Leighton, a 
native of Milton, and became the father of two 
sons: Charles IL, the subject of this sketch; 
and Edwin F., who died at the age of seven- 
teen years. 

Charles H. Looney was educated in the 
common schools and at the Classical Institute 
of Milton, N.H. When his studies were com- 
pleted he entered Twomblys grocery store as 
a clerk; and two years later he was employed 
in the same capacity in Farmington, N.H., by 
Captain Herring, with whom he remained a 
year. In 1871 he engaged in the grocery busi- 
ness upon his own account in Milton, and 
there conducted a flourishing trade until i88g, 
when he was appointed Deputy Collector of 
Customs for the Portsmouth district. In 
1894 he entered into partnership with Mr. 
Amos M. Roberts in the grocery business, 
under the firm name of Looney & Roberts, 
which has been continued until the present 
time. Mr. Looney is one of the most active 
and influential leaders of the Republican party 
in this section of the State, and his political 
career has been marked by a display of such 
sterling ability as to insure for him the steady 
support of the majority of his party. He was 
appointed Postmaster in Milton by President 
Grant in 1871, and held the office with general 
satisfaction for thirteen years. He served as 
Town Clerk for twelve years, and was elected 
to the legislature in 1885 and to the State 
Senate in 1887. He is a member of the Board 
of Trustees of the Nute High School of Mil- 
ton. He was Deputy Collector of Customs at 
Portsmouth for five years, and is now a candi- 
date for the collectorship of that port. 

Mr. Looney married Emily E. Miller, 
daughter of Robert Miller, of Milton, and has 
four sons; namely, Ned Francis, Walter E. , 
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with Fraternal Lodge, 1*". & A. M., of Farni- 
iiigton, N.H. ; and with the Ancient Order 
of United Workmen. The family attend the 
Congretrational church. 




iKWIS A. PROCTOR, a leading farmer 
of Alton, was born January ig, 1836, 
on the place where he now resides, 
son of the late John D. Proctor, and grandson 
of Thomas Proctor. John Proctor hired out 
when quite young with Joseph Drew, and after 
a time married his employer's daughter, 
Selina. They started out for themselves, 
were thrifty, prudent, and determined to suc- 
ceed, and after a time were able to buy a part 
of their father's farm, about one hundred 
acres. Later they bought the whole farm, 
three hundred acres and more. John D. Proc- 
tor lived to be seventy-five years of age, dying 
in 1883. He was a Whig and later a Repub- 
lican. In religious belief both he and his 
wife were Adventists. Mrs. Proctor died in 
1886. Their two children were Lewis A. and 
Martha J. 

Lewis Proctor attended the district schools. 
After his school days were over, he worked 
with his father until 1866, when he took 
charge of the farm. He has built a new two- 
story house, containing fifteen finished rooms, 
and has much improved the property. The 
house is now one of the many pleasant New 
Hampshire homes open to the tourist during 
the summer season. Mr. Proctor married 
Miss Sarah Collins, daughter of Thomas Col- 
lins, of Alton, and grand-daughter of John H. 
Collins, an early settler of Barnstead, N.H. 
Thomas Collins married Dorothy Munsey, and 
had four children — John, Sarah, Fan'nie, and 
Frank. John, a painter, married and is living 
in Pembroke. Frank is marrietl, and re- 
sides in Gilmanton. Fannie married Joseph 



Yeaton, of Pittslield. .Mrs. Proctor is the 
mother of six children : John W., Lillian !•". , 
lilla M., and Cliarles II., who live at home; 
Mabelle F., now Mrs. P'rank McDuffee; and 
L'ville P., whn married Lillian C. Hennett, 
and is livinLTon the Dodire place in ISarnsteail. 



fs^LRI-.MIAH Y. WIXCLATl"., a pmmi- 
nent druggi.^t of Dover, anil tiie worthy 
representative of one of the earliest 
settled families of Strafford County, is of sub- 



stantial English antecedents. 



The emigrant 



ancestor was John Wingate, who came from 
England to the United -States in 1658, ami 
soon afterward purchased a tract of land situ- 
ated on what is now known as Dover Point. 
He there began the improvement of a farm 
which is still in the possession of the Wingate 
family, being now owned by !\Ir. Joseph Will- 
iam Wingate, a brother of Jeremiah Y. and a 
descendant of the si.Nth generation. A more 
extended account of the Wingates will be 
found in the History of the Wingate Family 
in England and America, compiled by 
Charles E. Wingate, and published in 1S86 
by James P. D. Wingate, of Plxeter, N. H. 

Jeremiah Y. Wingate was born June 15, 
1842, in the town of Dover, son of William P. 
and Lydia Chandler Wingate, prosperous 
farmers of this locality. He grew to man- 
hood on the homestead, obtaining an excellent 
education in the public schools of the place 
and at P'raiiklin i\c:ulem_\'. When about 
twenty-one years old, he entered the drug 
store of Dr. John PL Wheeler, of Dover, with 
whom he served a full term of apprenticeship. 
He then formed a partnership with James II. 
Wheeler, M.D., and for nine years was suc- 
cessfully engaged in an a]iothecary's business. 
At the end of that ])eriod the firm was tlis- 
solved; and he went to Conway, \.H., and 



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engaged in business there, remaining about a 
year and a half. Not being satisfied with his 
trade in tluit place, he returned to this city, 
and, opening his present fine store, has since 
been actively engaged in the drug business. 
He has an extensive and profitable trade, hav- 
ing among his customers many of the leading 
people of Dover and vicinity. 

On November 4, 1870, Mr. Wingate married 
Miss Arvilla S. Clement.s, who was born in 
Dover, daugiiter of John and Abigail (Dow) 
Clements. His children are: Florence H., 
born September 2, 1872, who is now a book- 
keeper in this city ; Maude A., born June 17, 
1876, who is a clerk in her father's store; 
Martha C, born March 20, 18S0, now a pupil 
of the Dover High School; and Henry, born 
June 29, 1885. Inheriting the political faith 
that has dominated the family for eight gen- 
erations, Mr. Wingate is one of the most earn- 
est supporters of the Republican party, and 
takes an active part in local affairs so far as 
the demands of his business will allow. The 
family are members of the First Congrega- 
tional Church, with which he has been united 
for thirty years. 




"FNRY OUIMBY DALTON, senior 
member of the firm Dalton & Ben- 
nett, iiroprietors of Lakeside House, 
Tilton, was born in Northfield, N. H., De- 
cember 20, 1829, son of Absalom and Harriet 
B. (Aldrich) Dalton. His grandfather, Sam- 
uel Dalton, born in Londonderry, N. IL, July 
-9' '757> was a son of John Dalton, whose 
father came from the north of Ireland. Sam- 
uel Dalton enlisted in the Continental army 
for the short term when eight years old, and 
afterward re-enlisted for four years. In 1793 
he settled upon a farm in Northfield, and died 
in upper Gilmanton, January i, 1837. He 



married for his first wife Polly Myrick, who 
was born in Hampstead, N. II., March 16, 
1778, and died July 18, 1820. His second 
marriage was contracted witii Mrs. Rachel 
(Gile) Wadleigh. 

Absalom Dalton, the father of Henry O. , 
was born in Northfield, July 31, 1801. When 
a young man, he taught school in Stewarts- 
town, N. H. Later, in Massachusetts, he 
learned the stone cutter's trade, and followed 
it for some years in some of the largest 
quarries of New England. Afterward for 
thirty years he followed agriculture in North- 
field and Sanbornton. Upon the death of his 
wife he took up his residence with his son, 
Henry 0. His death occurred in October, 
1 888, at the age of eighty-seven years. In 
politics he was a Democrat. His wife, Har- 
riet B. , who was a daughter of Caleb Aldrich, 
of Northfield, became the mother of seven 
children, five of whom reached maturity. Of 
these there are living: Henry O. , the subject 
of this sketch ; and Urana M., the wife of Eben 
B. Calef. The others were Ransom S. , Mary 
A., and George W. Mr. and Mrs. Absalom 
Dalton were members of the Free Baptist 
church. 

Henry Quimby Dalton was educated in the 
district schools. When ten years old, his 
father's house, including all the furniture, 
with the e.xception of a chair and a bed, was 
sold to satisfy a note which the elder Dalton 
had indorsed. In consequence young Henry 
then went to work upon a farm in Hookset, 
N. H. Thirteen months later, he left Hook- 
set for Belmont, where he worked upon differ- 
ent farms. When fifteen years of age, he 
began to learn the stone cutter's trade with his 
father at Sanbornton; and he has since fol- 
lowed it at intervals. When twenty-one years 
old, he purchased the Jerry Gilman farm. 
I,ater he sold that estate; and in 1866 he 




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puichiised his present pnipeity, which now 
contains about two hundred acres. He culti- 
vates fifty acres, keeps tliirty head of cattle, 
seven or eight horses, ami employs several 
assistants. The greater part of his farm prod- 
ucts are used at the Lakeside House. He 
also owns considerable real estate in Laconia. 
In 1869 he began keeping summer boarders. 
As the business increased, he found it neces- 
sary to enlarge his house. The Lakeside, 
which occupies a sightly location on the shore 
of Lake Winnisquani, and has ample accom- 
modations for one hundred guests, is the larg- 
est summer resort in Tilton. From May to 
September it is filled with patrons, some of 
whom come from Florida and San Francisco. 
In politics Mr. Dalton is a Democrat. He 
has served the town well and faithfully in the 
various capacities of Selectman, Tax Collec- 
tor, Road Agent, Supervisor of Church List, 
and Appraiser of the Town. He has acted as 
a Justice of the Peace for fifteen years. 

On December 11, 185 1, Mr. Dalton was 
joined in marriage with Mrs. Sarah S. (Gil- 
man) Weston, daughter of Moses Gilman, of 
Sanbornton. By her first marriage Mrs. Dal- 
ton had one son — Amos G. Weston, M. D., 
born October 29, 1846. He studied medicine 
in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Cincinnati, 
practised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, luitil his 
health failed, and died of consumption in Poor- 
est City, Minn., P'ebruary 16, 1867. In Janu- 
ary, 1865, he was married in Yellow Springs 
to Ilattie D. Chamberlain; and he left one son 
— Willie Herman, who is now a farmer in 
Ashland, Neb. Willie Herman Weston mar- 
ried IClla Vance, and has three children living. 
By her present husband Mrs. Dalton has one 
daughter — Mary Hattie, now the wife of Mar- 
cellus W. Bennett and the mother of five 
children — Harry Halford, Mar.shal P'rank, 
Jean L. , Leeland Wilson, and I^lwood Vance. 



Harry Ilalfortl Bennett, bom N'o\emlier 22, 
1873, has always resided with his grandpar- 
ents, and is now the junini p;ulner in the liini 
of Dalton & Pennctt. lie mairied yXiinie .S. , 
daughter of l-'rank I.ea\iH. of Laconia. Mr. 
Dalton, Sr. , is connecteil with the grange in 
Tilton, and is a member of the People's Chris- 
tian Church of Laconia, having been an ni-- 
ganizer of both societies. 




ORACI-: T. BAlil!, a well kn.iwn ami 
pojndar citizen of Dover, is a nati\'e 

^ \ of Strafford Count)'. He was born 

September 8, 1842, at 15arrington, on the farm 
on which his paternal grandfather, Thomas 
Babb, settled in the early part of the last cen- 
tury. His father, Joseph T. Babb, was a 
farmer, and likewise woi'ked at the carpenter's 
trade, in which he was ([uite skilful. He 
was three times married. His first wife, in 
maidenhood Abigail Cater, dietl, leaving him 
three children, namely: Dennis A., who died 
at the age of fifty-si.\ years; Martha S., also 
deceased; and I'llizabeth J. His second wife, 
whose maiden name was Mary B. Tibbetts, 
bore him two children — Henry H. and 
Horace T. Henry IL, the elder of the two, 
enlisted in 1861 in Company K, Seventh New 
Hampshire \'ohmteer Infantiy, and died, 
while serving in the late war, at Beaufint, 
N.C. Joseph T. Babb's third marriage was 
contracted with ;\bigail Kimball, who bore 
him three children. These were: Mary ;\., 
who died in i88i ; and John C. and P'rank H., 
both of whom are living. The father died May 
4, 1S92, in his eighty-ninth )'ear. 

Plorace T. Babb grew to man's estate on the 
home farm, acquiring his early education in 
the district schools, and comjileting it ;it the 
village high school. While attending the 
latter institution, throughout the teini fi)llow- 



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ing his eighteenth birthday, he walked the in- 
tervening distance of four miles between it 
and his home morning and evening. On at- 
taining his majority, he went to ]'"armington, 
this county, and secured work in the mills of 
Mr. W. W. Hayes, a manufacturer of rough 
lumber, carriages, and boxes. Here he re- 
mained three years, being foreman of the 
mills in the latter part of the time. After 
occupying a similar position in a lumber-mill 
at Rochester, N. H., for a while, he returned 
to his first employer, and worked for him a 
few years more. I'or the succeeding two years 
he was employed in a shoe shop of Farming- 
ton, whence he came to Dover, accepting an- 
other position. A few years later he was in 
business for a short time with Manny & 
Ahl, shoe manufacturers of Rochester. He 
subseciuently disposed of his interest in the 
factory, and was employed by C. W. Thurs- 
ton & Co., of Farmington, and later was 
foreman of an ui^per leather and stitching 
room for three and a half years in Wolfboro, 
N. H. f laving again returned to Farmington, 
Mr. Babb had entire charge of the lumber, 
box, and board mills of Mr. Hayes for four 
and a half years. Removing from there to 
Dover, he next became agent for L. W. Nute 
& Co., shoe manufacturers, continuing in the 
same position with Mr. Nute's successor, 
C. H. Moulton, until 1894. Since then he 
has lived retired from business. 

Mr. Babb was married June 12, 1 87 1, to 
Miss Carrie A. Nute, who was born in Boston, 
August 28, 1844, daughter of Cyrus W. and 
Elmira (Banfield) Nute. Politicallv, Mr. 
Babb is an earnest advocate of the principles 
of the Republican party. He served most 
acceptably as a Representative of the town of 
Harrington in the State legislature in 1871, 
and as Alderman from Ward One of Dover in 
1893 and 1894. He has been, identified with 



the Masonic fraternity since 1867, being a 
member of Fraternal Lodge, Farmington, 
N. H., and afterward becoming a charter mem- 
ber of Moses Paul Lodge of Dover. He is 
also a member of the Columbia Council, I'^arm- 
ington ; of St. Paul's Commandery, of which 
he is Standard-bearer; and of the Dover 
Lodge of Perfection. Mr. Babb also belongs 
to the Odd P^ellows, having afifiliation with the 
Woodbine Lodge, of Farmington; the Royal 
Arcanum, of Wolfboro; the Order of Elks, 
of Dover; and the Dover Bellamy Club, <if 
which he was one of the organizers. 



'sjY^^HN W. CURRIER, formerly a prom- 
inent lawyer of Alton, was born Sep- 
tember 7, 1835, at Waldcn, Vt., son of 
the Rev. John and Martha (Foster) Currier. 
His grandfather was one of the early settlers 
in Vermont, and is said to have lived for 
some time with the Lidians. The Rev. John. 
Currier, who was known in the Methodist 
Conference as "P'ather Currier," a faithful 
and hard-working minister for nearly sixty 
years, lived to the advanced age of eighty-six 
years, having occupied many honorable posi- 
tions in connection with his denomination. 
He was a Democrat of the old school, and 
his brother fought in the battle of Bunker 
Hill. 

The early education of John W. Currier was 
received in the common schools of the various 
towns in which his father lived. In 1850 he 
entered the Vermont Conference Seminary at 
Newbury, Vt., where he remained four years. 
Then, in 1854, he entered the Sophomore 
class in Wesleyan University, from which he 
graduated with high honors in 1857. During 
his college course he not only taught school 
for several terms, but commenced the study of 
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Albany Law School in 1S61. In 1S62 he 
opened a law office in Alton, antl there re- 
mained in the successful practice of his pro- 
fession until he became incapable of giving it 
further attention. Mr. Currier was for many 
years Town Clerk of Alton. He was also Clerk 
of the New Hampshire Senate in 1869 and 
1S70, and at two different times he was Solic- 
itor of Belknap County. Each office was filled 
by him with great credit to himself and to the 
entire satisfaction of all. He was always in- 
terested in the welfare of his town, and was 
prominent in every good work. As an edu- 
cator he took great interest in the success of 
the common schools, and contributed largely of 
his time to their advancement. A cultured 
man, he was fond of literature, and contrib- 
uted to it some gems of poetry. The touch- 
ing lines, written after he had been blind one 
year, are given in full below. He was a con- 
sistent Christian gentleman, and did earnest 
work in the capacity of superintendent of the 
Sabbath-school of the Congregational church. 
He was also a jirominent member of Winnepe- 
saukee Lodge, A. F. & A. M. 

On June 11, 1S65, Mr. Currier married 
Louise Savage, daughter of Major George D. 
Savage, one of Alton's foremost citizens, who 
has served the community in all the more im- 
portant town offices. Mr. and Mrs. Currier had 
two children; namely, John F. and Charles L. 
John F., who graduated at Gilmanton Acad- 
emy in iSqo, and is at present station agent 
in Alton, was Trustee of the public library for 
four years, and is active in politics, always 
voting with the Republicans. He is a mem- 
ber of Winnepesaukee Lodge, No. 75, F. 
& A. M. ; of Columbia Chapter at Farming- 
ton, N.H., Royal Arch Masons; and the 
Knights of Honor. The father died June 8, 
1887. He was a kind friend, a good neigh- 
bor, a good counsellor, and an able lawyer; and 



his home was a happy one. The regard in 
which he was held is shown in the following 
extract from the Currier memorial proceedings 
in the Supreme Court: "No one who had 
opportunity to observe his career as a lawyer 
will dispute his creditable standing in the pro- 
fession. He was well versed in legal knowl- 
edge, was a .safe and judicious counsellor and 
adviser, and an able, and at times eloquent, 
advocate. He was loyal to tiie court, true to 
his clients, and courteous to iiis professional 
brethren. His word was never tloubted. His 
promise he never failed to keep. He was so 
modest and unassuming in his demeanor that 
to one not intimately acquainted with liini he 
might not pass for all he was worth, but to 
those who were more fortunate his modest de- 
portment lent an additional charm to the sim- 
plicity of his character. We are moved with 
sorrow that his familiar face is gone from this 
court now forever. We miss a genial, com- 
panionable, warm-hearted friend and brother. 
One who saw him often during his long and 
painful illness informs me that he was never 
heard to complain. The fortitude he dis- 
played amid his sufferings may well be called 
heroic. When the ravages of wasting disease 
admonished him that his days on earth were 
numbered, he calmly met the great ilestroyer. 
When he laid aside his chosen profession and 
its opportunities for further advancemetit and 
high honors, if he did not do it without regret, 
it was because he was human. As by his life 
he proved himself an able and upright lawyer, 
a courteous gentleman, and a tried and true 
friend, so amid sickness and death, bv his 
patient suffering, cheerful resignation, and 
unwavering faith in a better life, he proved 
himself an exemplary and consistent Chris- 
tian." 

Under the date of May 7, 1885, Mr. Cur- 
rier wrote in his diary as follows: "'J'he last 



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clay when I could recognize my wife, 
father, or any one else." 



boys, 



A year of darkness and of night, 
A year without a ray of liglit. 
No sun, no moon, no stars I see. 
No fireside lamp is lit for me. 
No starry heavens, no azure sky. 
No swan-like clouds go floating by. 
No mountain, river, lake, or plain. 
No wooded hills, no waving grain. 
No autumn tints of gorgeous hues, — 
God's grand kaleidoscopic views. 
No matchless painting on the skies. 
At set of sun or at its rise. 
No beautiful grass of velvet green, 
No plant or shrub or tree I've seen. 
No fruit, no flowers of every hue. 
(Their fragrance is denied me, too.) 
The magic charms the seasons bring. 
Of summer, autumn, winter, spring. 
Alike take on the same dark hue, 
Alike are hidden from my view. 
All books and papers closed to me. 
How much I miss their company! 
The beasts and birds have hid away 
Within the shades that round me lay. 
Uut. worse than all, this dreadful night 

Has buried all my friends from sight. 

My wife and boys, how near they are! 
And yet so very, very far. 

Have they much changed within the year? 

My wife grown old with constant care? 

Oh, how I hunger for a sight 

Of their dear faces ! If I might 

But see them only once again, 

And stamp their pictures on my brain, 

I'd pawn my all, I'd penance do, 

I'd suffer twice what I've gone through. 

But, when I strain my eye to see, 

C'.rim darkness sits and mocks at me. 

My breath comes quick, my pulse beats fast, 

1 try in vain to "scape his grasp. 

Still God is good : of much bereft, 

A thousandfold there still is left. 

My reason still remains with me, — 

A boon far greater than to see. 

My pleasant home, my boys, my wife, 

And countless blessings crown my life. 



My friends, like unseen spirits come. 
To cheer and brighten up my home. 
May God grant them his benison. 
For all they've said, for all they've done ! 
Ijeyond this darkness and tliis pain. 
Beyond is sunshine. May 1 gain 
That heavenly land where all is bright. 
No sighs, no tears, no death, no night! 



OSEPH H. AVERY, an enterprising 
business man of Milton, and an ex- 
member of the New Hampshire legis- 
lature, was born in Acton, Me., June 29, 1S44, 
son of John and Mary (Nealey) Avery. The 
Avery family were early settlers in Parsons- 
field, Me., and Joseph H. Avery's great-grand- 
father was the first to break a road through the 
woods to that town from Rochester, N.H. 
John Avery has spent the greater part of his 
life in Acton, and has followed the carpenter's 
trade in connection with farming. He is now 
eighty-si,\ years old, and is still active both 
mentally and physically. He wedded Mary 
Nealey, a native of Sandwich, N.H., who has 
borne him eight children. Of these five are 
living; namely, Charles, George, Lorenzo, 
Jeremiah, and Joseph H. 

After receiving his education in the schools 
of Acton, Wakefield, and Milton, Joseph H. 
Avery learned the shoemaker's trade in this 
town, and followed it for four years. He ne.xt 
went to Boston, where he worked in a restau- 
rant for three years. In 1866 he returned to 
Milton, and since that time has had a varied 
as well as a successful business career. At 
different times he has been engaged in the 
grocery trade, the grain and flour business, the 
lumber business, the manufacture of excelsior, 
and to some extent in farming. He is now 
in the express business, and is interested in 
real estate. The shoe factory operated by 
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he constructed the clam on the Salmon Falls 
River which supplies it with power. His 
building enterprises have contributeil much to 
the town's improvement. He now ranks as 
one of Milton's most enterprising and progres- 
sive business men. Politically, he acts with 
the Republican party. He was Chairman of 
the Board of Selectmen during the years 1886, 
1887, and 1888, was Representative to the leg- 
islature in 1889 and 1890, and was again 
elected a Selectman in 1896. He has recently 
received the appointment as Postmaster of 
Milton. His official duties have always been 
discharged with a zeal and efficiency that have 
earned the hearty commendation of his fellow- 
townsmen. 

Mr. Avery has been twice married. By his 
first wife, Theatah (Hanscom) Avery, there 
were two children: Herman, who died at the 
age of nine years; and Addie, who is the wife 
of O. W. Brown, of Sanford, an enterprising 
business man. His present wife, who was 
before marriage limma Hanscom, is the 
mother of one daughter, Elsie. Mr. Avery is 
connected with Unity Lodge, F. & A. M., 
of Union, N.H.; and the Ancient Order of 
United Workmen. The family attend the 
Congregational church. 



'OSHUA C. PICKERING, one of the 
oldest business men of Barnstead, where 
he is engaged in the clothing trade, 
was born in this town, March 13, 1843, son 
of Caleb and Elizabeth (Roberts) Pickering. 
He represents the ninth generation of the 
Pickering family in this country. About the 
year 1633 two men, who were undoubtedly 
cousins, bearing the name of John Pickerin 
(as it was then spelled), came from England 
to this country. One of them settled at Ips- 
wich, Mass. The other, from whom this 



branch of the family has sjjrung, took uji his 
residence at Portsmouth, where he died No- 
vember 11, 1668. Tliis John had si.\ chil- 
dren; namely, John, Tiiomas, Rebecca, Abi- 
gail, Mary, and Sarah. Thomas, the second 
son, who died in 1719 or 1720, had three sons 
and nine daughters. These were: James, 
Joshua, Thomas, Mary, Sarah, Rcbekah, Abi- 
gail, Hazelel, Hannah, Eliza, Martha, and 
Mehitable. James, son of Thomas, born in 
1680, died in 1768, in Newington, N.ll. Ik- 
had four sons and one daughter; namely, John, 
Winthrop, Anthony, Thomas, and Abigail. 
Of these, John, who represented the fourth 
generation, and died in Newington in 1790, 
had eight children — Valentine, William, 
Stephen, James, John, Temperance, Sarah, 
and Polly. Temperance married a Hoclgdon, 
and Sarah married a Taskcr. Stephen, who 
was born in Newington in 1739 and died in 
1825, in 1771 married Mehitable Gove, and 
came to Barnstead, settling on the south-west 
corner lot, where he spent the remainder of 
his days. His land adjoined the towns of 
Loudon, Gilmanton, and Pittsfield. Stephen 
and Mehitable Pickerin had ten children; 
namely, James, Jacob, Daniel, Andrew, Polly, 
Rosmon D., Abigail, Sally, Lois, and 
Stephen. When the father tlied, his cliiUlren, 
of whom the youngest was then forty-five, were 
all at his bedside. He had fifty-four grand- 
children and fifty-nine great-grandchildren. 

James Pickering, the eldest son, represent- 
ing the si.xth generation from John of Ports- 
mouth, married Mary Philbrook, who bore him 
nine children. These were: John, Jacob, Jon- 
athan, Samuel, Nancy Ann, Sally, Mehitable, 
Betsey, and Levi. The mother lived to be 
over ninety years oUl. John, the eldest son, 
married Patty Pease, and had three children — 
John, Mary, and Olive. Mary married Thomas 
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— John, Frank, Olive, and Eveline. Her 
sister Olive married Timothy Nutter. Jacob, 
the second son of James and Mary (Philhrook) 
Pickering, married Rebecca Avery, who bore 
him six children; namely, Monroe, Charles, 
Levi, Henrietta, Irene, and Mary Jane. Jon- 
athan Pickering, the younger brother of Jacob, 
married Eliza Foster, and had eight children, 
three -sons and five daughters. These were: 
Charles H., Elbridge, Christopher, Ann, 
Lucy, Sarah, Rosina, and Mary. Nancy Ann, 
the eldest daughter of James and Klary Picker- 
ing, married a Mr. Perkins, of Portsmouth, 
and had two sons — Joseph and William. Her 
sister Sally successively married James Avery 
and John Sanborn, and had two children — 
Eunice and Sarah. Mehitable and Betsey re- 
spectively married John Foye and Dudley 
Colbath, and both had children. Samuel Pick- 
ering, the seventh lineal descendant in this 
branch of the family, and the grandfather of 
Joshua C, married Polly Avery. She bore 
him seven children, of whom three died in 
infancy. Caleb, Joshua, Clarissa, and Caro- 
line attained maturity. Clarissa married 
William Roberts, and had four children — 
Charles, Caroline, Polly, and Betsey. Caro- 
line Pickering married Caleb Webster, and 
had three children — Emma, Clara, and 
Horace. Joshua died in 1852, aged thirty-five 
years. 

Caleb Pickering was engaged in farming 
with his father until the latter's death, when 
the homestead fell to him. Born in 1812, he 
died in February, 1894, fourscore years of age. 
Elizabeth (Roberts) Pickering, his wife, who 
was a daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth 
(Foss) Roberts, bore him four children — 
Tobias R., Joshua C, Mary J., and Sarah E. 
Tobias R., who married Ada Evans, had two 
daughters — Ethel and Mary. Mary J., who 
first married Daniel Wright, and after his 



death Eben ILanson, of Alton, died in March, 
1896. Sarah E. is the wife of William Lock, 
and has three sons and a daughter; namely, 
P'rank, John, Wayland, and Rosa. 

Joshua C. Pickering acquired his education 
in the district school and at Pittsfield Acad- 
emy. He learned the trade of a clothier with 
Joshua M. Babcock, with whom he was associ- 
ated for twenty years. For seventeen years of 
that time he was a partner of Mr. Babcock. 
Upon Mr. Babcock's decease in 1881 he un- 
dertook the business alone, and has carried it 
on successfully since. While Mr. Babcock 
was living, the firm conducted a saw-mill for a 
time in addition to their other business. In 
May, 1865, Mr. Pickering was married to Miss 
Pollen M. Grace, a daughter of Moses Grace, 
of North Barnstead. The union has been 
blessed by the birth of five children — Albert 
C, Grace A., Bettie J., F"annie P., and Fred 
R. Albert C. is married, and has two chil- 
dren; Grace is the wife of George Hillsgrove, 
and has two children; Bettie lives at home; 
P'annie-P. is the wife of Fred Hillsgrove; and 
P'red is attending Pittsfield Academy. Joshua 
C. Pickering represented the town of Barn- 
stead in the New Hampshire legislature in 
1873 and 1874, having been elected on the 
Democratic ticket. In the legislature he 
served on the Committees of Roads and 
Bridges and Education. 



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AVID B. STORY, the landlord of 
Story's Tavern at The Weirs, La- 
conia, was born in Hopkinton, 
Merrimack County, January 19, 1S36, son of 
James K. and Sarah Story. Nathan Story, 
the great-grandfather of David B. , was one of 
the early settlers of Hopkinton, to which he 
went from Esse.x, Mass., travelling on horse- 
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time the cnuntry was nearly all a wilderness. 
Arriving in Hopkinton, he took up a tract of 
land containing one hundred acres, and on it 
built a log hut, which was afterward replaced 
by a frame house. He lived to be over eighty 
years of age. Five of his six children were 
born in Hopkinton; namely, William K., 
Lydia, Hannah, Sarah, Elenor, and Mary. 

William K., the grandfather of David R, 
remained all his lifetime on the homestead, 
living to be eighty-six years of age. Besides 
conducting the farm, he worked at shoemak- 
ing. He married Lydia Knowlton, who lived 
to be eighty-five. They had four children — 
James K., William, Sarah, and Eliza. Will- 
iam, when young, removed to Newton, N.H., 
where he married and lived until his death. 
Sarah married Samuel H. Gale, who died in 
Newton, N. H. She now lives in Hopkinton. 
Eliza married Luther M. Tussell. The care 
of the homestead farm fell to James K., who 
still lives there. The residence is the first 
two-story house erected in the town, having 
been built in 1760. While he conducted the 
homestead, his chief occupation for forty years 
was that of wholesale cigar dealer, having a 
route between Cambridgeport, Mass., and 
Hopkinton. His political allegiance is given 
to the Democrats. In addition to serving the 
public in a number of minor town offices, he 
represented Hopkinton in the New Hampshire 
legislature in 1856 and 1857. Sarah Story, 
his wife, is a member of the Congregational 
church. They have had five children ; namely, 
David B. , John, James H., George M., and 
Annette. John died in infancy, and James H. 
died in boyhood. George M., living in Goffs- 
town, N.H., is a veterinary physician. An- 
nette, the wife of C. H. Sanborn, lives in 
Watertown, Mass. 

David B. Story attended the district schools 
of his native place and Hopkinton Academy. 



I'inishing his academy course in 1S55 at the 
age of nineteen years, he went into the meat 
business in Concord, and remained in trade 
there until 1864. He then inirchased the 
Perkins House at IIii|)kintnn, which he con- 
ducted until it was burned in 1S72. After 
that he bought the Mount Belknap House in 
Lakeport, N. H., where he remained four 
years. In 1876 he came to Laconia and 
bought the City Hotel, of which he was pro- 
prietor for four years. He purchased Hotel 
Weirs in 1S80, and conducted it until 1890. 
Since then he has had Story's Tavern at The 
Weirs. He has been very popular in both his 
business and social relations. 

On February 4, 1S57, Mr. Story and Miss 
Sarah J. French were united in marriage. 
She is a daughter of Benjamin French, of 
Boston. Of the five children born to them, 
James H., P'red W., Charles F. , and Benjamin 
F. are living, and are successful business men. 
Charles F is a paint and oil dealer in Laconia ; 
James H. is in the drug business in this cit\- ; 
and Fred W. has a variety store here in La- 
conia. Benjamin, a paper-hanger and deco- 
rator, is in Boston, where he does a contract 
business, and em]3lo}-s from fifteen to twenty- 
five men. Ada, the only daughter, died when 
eighteen years of age. In politics Mr. Story 
is a Democrat. For a number of years he was 
Deputy Sheriff of Merrimack County. In 
1S72 he was appointed to the same office in 
Belknap County, and therein served continu- 
ously until 1888. From 1882 to 18S6 he 
was also High Sheriff of Belknap County. 
While occupying this office it was his unpleas- 
ant duty to execute, by hanging, Thomas 
Saman, the triple murderer of Laconia, he 
being the only man ever hung that was sen- 
tenced by the courts of this county. In 1S81 
and 18S2 he was Selectman of Laconia. In 
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the State legislature from a Republican ward. 
Me is now serving in the Laconia City Coun- 
cil. A number (if times at the meetings of 
Ward One he has acted as Moderator. Mr. 
Story is a member of Chicora Lodge, No. 51, 
of Lakeport, Laconia Encampment, and Can- 
ton Osgood, of Laconia, I. O. O. F. He is 
also a member of the Knights of Honor and of 
The Weirs Grange, No. 248, in which he is 
now Worthy Master. 



-AMES A. MHJ.ER, who has figured 
prominently in the pulilic affairs of 
New Durham for a number of years, 
was born in Milton, N. H., in 1833, son of 
Richard and Paulina (Bussell) Miller. His 
great-grandfather, Mark, and his grandfather, 
Henry Miller, were both born in Newington, 
N. H., and both settled in Milton. The latter 
served as a soldier in the War of 1812. 

Richard Miller, father of James A., was 
born in Milton, and reared to agricultural pur- 
suits. For many years he owned and culti- 
vated a good farm in New Durham; but the 
last five years of his life were spent in Farm- 
ington, N.H. In politics he voted with the 
Democratic party. He married Paulina Bus- 
sell, a native of Acton, Me., and reared a 
family of si.x children, all of whom are living. 
Richard Miller died at the age of ninety 
years, four months, and twenty-one days. 

James A. Miller, the chief subject of this 
sketch, received a common-school education; 
and when old enough he began to assist his 
father in carrying on the farm. He has al- 
ways resided upon his present property, which 
consists of sixty-seven acres of productive 
land; and he carries on general farming and 
dairying. He is one of the active supporters 
of the Democratic party in this town, and has 
filled with ability all of the principal ofifices. 



He has been a member of the Board of Select- 
men nineteen years in all, and has acted as its 
Chairman for nine years of that time. He 
was Tax Collector for two years, Town Treas- 
urer for one term, was Overseer of the Poor, 
and represented this town in the legislature in 
1867. He also formerly acted as a Justice of 
the Peace. ,,,*vi^v^i^'>»'! 

Mr. Miller married for his first wife Lydia 
M. Hayes, who bore him two children — 
Henry B. and Florence A., the last named 
being the wife of Charles Conner, of I*"arming- 
ton. His present wife was before marriage 
Ella J. Glidden, of New Durham; and by this 
second union there are five children — Flora 
P., James A., Jr., Richard, Grover C, and 
Gladys E. Mr. and Mrs. Miller attend the 
Baptist church. 



-rQ)OREN S. FERNALD, an energetic 
IJT and prosperous agriculturist of Lee, 
— ^ Strafford County, N. H., was born 
in Nottingham, Rockingham County, October 
19, 1S59, son of John E. and Sarah W. ]". 
(Thompson) Fernald. He received a common- 
school education, and remained at home on the 
farm until attaining his majority. He then 
went to Dover, N. H., where he was employed 
for seven years in the office of V. Mathes. 
Later he returned to Nottingham and pur- 
chased a farm, which he successfully managed 
until 1 891. He then came to Lee and pur- 
chased his present farm, which contains one 
hundred and fifty acres, and is located on the 
road from Dover to Lee, five miles south-east 
of Dover. Its thriving condition attests Mr. 
Fernald's ability as a practical farmer. In 
politics Mr. Fernald indorses the principles of 
the Republican party. While a resident of 
Nottingham, he served the town efficiently as 
Supervisor; and in March, 1896, he was 




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elected Chairman of the J5oard of Selectmen 
of Lee. 

In 1.SS5 Mr. Fcrnald married Cylena A. 
Demerritt, who lia.s borne him six children — 
Harold L., Carl S., Edna F., Willis, Frank, 
and John I. Mr. Fernald is identified with 
Mount Pleasant Lodge, I. O. 0. V. ; belongs 
to the Improved Order of Red Men ; and also 
officiates as Treasurer of Lee Grange, having 
served in that capacity three years. 




(3HIAS HAM, who owns and occupies 
a good farm on Meredith Neck, was 
born in Portsmouth, N.II., February 
13, 1824, son of Samuel and Caroline (Odi- 
orne) Ham. His grandfather, Captain Tobias 
Ham, a master mariner hailing from Ports- 
mouth, while sailing his schooner off Seabrook 
Beach in the year iSoo, was knocked over- 
board by a swinging boom, and was drowned. 

Samuel Ham, born in Portsmouth, Febru- 
ary 23, 1/94, grew to manhood as a farmer, 
and followed that occupation during the active 
period of his life. In 1S37 he succeeded to 
the Ham homestead, and his last days were 
spent upon the old place. In politics he was 
originally a Democrat, but later he voted with 
the Republican party. His wife, Caroline, 
who was a native of New Castle, N.H., be- 
came the mother of twelve children, ten of 
whom lived to maturity. These were: Will- 
iam F., who resides in Portsmouth; Tobias, 
the subject of this sketch; Sylvester, Charles 
F^, and George H., who are deceased; Joseph 
O. and Benjamin O., who are residents of 
Portsmouth; Mary Caroline, also deceased; 
Ann Maria, the wife of Charles Gray, of 
Portsmouth; and Robert M., of that city. 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ham were Second Ad- 
ventists in their religious views. 

Tobias Ham attended the district schools, 



and resiiled upon the home farm until he was 
seventeen years old. He then began to serve 
an apprenticeship at the blacksmith's trade. 
After following it for four years, he went to 
work in a machine shop, and was there em- 
ployed until A])ril 12, 1872. He then turned 
his attention to agricultural pursuits, and, 
purchasing his present farm, has since been 
cjuitc successful in raising the usual crops of 
his locality. Politically, he is a stanch Re- 
publican, but takes no active part in public 
affairs beyond casting his vote. 

On November 24, 1851, Mr. Ham married 
Hannah Randall, daughter of James Randall, 
of Centre Harbor, N.II.; and he has one 
daughter living — I'.mma Ftta, now the wife 
of George N. liaton, of Meredith. James 
Randall, who was born in Parnstead, N. H., 
spent the greater part of his life upon a fariu 
at Centre Harbor. He and his wife, Lydia 
(Bean) Randall, reared a family of ten chil- 
dren, namely: Aaron, James, Haven, Sally, 
John, Ann, Lydia, Hannah, Oliver, and Hen- 
jamin. Oliver and Benjamin are now de- 
ceased. Mr. and Mrs. Ham are members of 
the Free Will Baptist church. 



RASTUS A. CRAWFORD, .senior mem- 
ber of the firm of Crawford, Tolles & 
Co., of Dover, N.H., carries on, 
without doubt, the most extensive insurance 
business of an}- firm in this State. He was 
born March 28, 1S24, in Norfolk, St. Law- 
rence County, N. Y. , a son of Lrastus and Lois 
(Allen) Crawford. 

Erastus Crawford was born and reared to 
man's estate in the White Mountain region of 
New Hampshire, where his father, Abel Craw- 
ford, was one of the oldest and hardiest pio- 
neers. In early manhood Erastus Crawford, 
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St. Lawrence County, New York. Soon after 
his marriage he established himself as a 
farmer in Norfolk, where he carried on his 
chosen occupation until his untimely death in 
May, 1824, at the age of thirty-three years. 
His wife, whose maiden name was Lois Allen, 
was born in Madrid, St. Lawrence County, 
N.Y. After a few years of widowhood she 
married George A. Langworthy. She lived 
to the age of forty-eight years. By her first 
marriage two children were born, namely: 
Erastus A., the special isubject of this sketch; 
and Festus. 

Erastus A. Crawford, soon after the death 
of his father, became an inmate of the house- 
hold of his paternal grandfather, the venerable 
Abel Crawford, in honor of whom the Notch 
in the White Mountains received its name. 
The grandfather was the first white settler at 
I5emis, Carroll County, this State, and cleared 
the land now occupied by Bemis station. For 
many years he was j^roprietor of the Mount 
Crawford tavern, a popular hostelry in the old 
stage days. He was familiar with all sections 
of that part of the country, traversing it on 
foot and horseback; and, according to an arti- 
cle by Julius H. Ward, "the first horse that 
ever climbed the rocks of Mount Washington 
had for a rider Abel Crawford, who was then, 
in 1840, seventy-five years old, and who sat 
proudly upon his noble animal, with head un- 
covered, while the wind played lightly with 
his silver locks." With this "veteran pilot 
of the hills," as he has been named, the young 
Erastus was reared, attending the district 
schools of Bartlett in his youth, assisting his 
grandfather in the hotel, and also acting as a 
guide through the mountains, this being before 
there were any roads to the summit of Mount 
Washington. When twenty years old, he came 
to Strafford County, and for a year pursued his 
studies at the academy in Rochester. Going 



then into a cotton-mill at Great Falls, he 
began working in the lowest position, was 
gradually promoted from one rank to another, 
finally being appointed overseer of one depart- 
ment. At the end of twelve years his health 
failed, and he had to seek other business. 
Opening a meat and provision store, he con- 
tinued in Great Falls, now Somcrsworth, 
for some time, after which he drove the stage 
from Union Village to North Conway until 
1870. In that year Mr. Crawford established 
himself in the fire insurance business in 
Somersworth, carrying it on successfully until 
coming to Dover, in 1885. Having then 
formed a partnership with Mr. Tolles, the 
firm have continued conducting a flourishing 
business. They represent about twenty of the 
leading fire, life, and accident insurance com- 
panies of the LInited States, and are State 
agents for the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance 
Company of Newark, N.J., the territory cov- 
ered by them including not only the counties 
adjoining Strafford, but York County, Maine. 

On December 24, 1846, Mr. Crawford mar- 
ried Miss Jane S. Porter, of Somersworth, 
N. H. She was born February 11, 1820, and 
passed to the life eternal March 14. iSg6. 
The only child born of their union was a son, 
Charles A., w4io died when young. 

Mr. Crawford was one of the founders of the 
Republican ]wrty, of which he has ever since 
been a stanch supporter. He takes an active 
and intelligent interest in the welfare of his 
adopted city, in the government of which he 
has served two years, the second year being 
an Alderman. In 1892 he was elected a Rep- 
resentative to the General Court from Ward 
Two. He is a Master Mason, belonging to 
the Moses Paul Lodge, F. & A. M., of Dover; 
and he is also connected with Washington 
Lodge, I. O. O. F. , of Somersworth. Mr. 
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odist Episcopal church, having united with 
tliat denomination nearly half a century ago, 
and for fifteen years has been superintendent 
of the Sunday-school ; while for fifty-two 
years he has acted as class leader. lie was 
a lay delegate from the New Hampshire 
JMethodist Conference to the session of the 
General Conference in New \'orl< in i888; 
and in 1SS9 he was a delegate to the World's 
Sunday-school Con\'ention held in London, 
England. 



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'MITM NEAL was one of Sanborn- 
ton's most esteemed residents. He 
was born in Meredith, N. H., Eeb- 
ruary 16, 1806, son of Joseph and Hannah 
(Smith) Neal. It is believed that he was a 
descendant of the Neals of Dean, Aliesley 
Park, one of whom, John Neal, married the 
daughter of Henry Cromwell, who was a near 
relative of Oliver Cromwell. His grandfather, 
Thomas Neal, an Englishman by birth, who 
settled in Kittery, Me., served as a soldier in 
the Revolutionary War. The maiden name of 
Thomas Neal's wife was ]?etsey Haley. Jo- 
seph Neal, born in Kittery, March 23, 1762, 
in common with his brothers, was obliged to 
begin earning his living at an early age. He 
afterward settled in Meredith, N. H., then a 
wilderness, where he eventually became the 
owner of a good farm. His wife, Hannah, 
became the mother of eight children, namely: 
William, John, Betsey, Mary, Hannah, Jo- 
seph, Smith, and Irene. Of the number, 
Irene, who was born in 1813, is the only sur- 
vivor. 

Smith Neal accjuired a good practical educa- 
tion. When a young man he turned his atten- 
tion to agriculture. He succeeded to the 
possession of the homestead in Meredith, and 
resided there until after his marriage, when he 
sold the property. In the s|)ring of 1855 he 



bought the farm which is now owneil liy his 
daughter, Mrs. Mary E. Hanaford, and re- 
sided here for the rest of his life. He devoted 
much attention to the raising of cattle, jiartic- 
ularly o.xen, and aci|uircd a wide rc|iutation as 
a breeder of those animals. l''or seven years 
he owned what is known as Governor's Island, 
comprising five hundred acres of land ; and lie 
improved one hundred and si.xty-five acres of 
it for agricultural pur[ioses. In jiolitics he 
was a Democrat, but never aspired to public 
ofifice. 

On December 20, 1S52, Mr. Neal was 
united in marriage with Sarah Elizabeth 
Smith, daughter of Nicholas Smith, of New 
Hampton, N.H. The only child of this union 
is Mary E. Mrs. Smith Neal was a member 
of the Second Hajitist Church of Sanbornton. 
On January i, 1890, Mary K. Neal was joined 
in marriage w'ith John P. Hanaford. He was 
born in New Hamilton, N.H., .Sc]iteniber iC), 
1853, son of Natlianicl P. and /nlcma W. 
(Prescott) Hanaford. Winthrop Hanaford, 
grandfather of John P., one of the best known 
residents of New Hampton and much re- 
spected for his higli moral character, died in 
March, 1S96, at the age of ninety-three years. 
He was a man of unusual activity, even in 
extreme old age. In December, 1895, he sus- 
tained a fracture of the leg. 'Ihe direct cause 
of his death was pneumonia. Nathaniel P. 
Hanaford, John P. Hanaford's father, was born 
in New^ llamjiton, October 28, 1827. He re- 
sided in this State until 1S62, when he mo\ed 
to Chadwick, Carroll County, III., where he is 
now engaged in farming and in raising stand- 
ard-bred horses. John P. Hanaford accom- 
panied his parents to Illinois, but returned 
later to his native State to attend the New 
Hampton Literary Institute, completing his 
studies with a business course at a commer- 
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engaged in the hardware business in Chadwick, 
where he has recently finished the erection of 
a fine business block, and where he is also 
interested with his father in iiorse-breeding. 




OSES WHITTIER CLEMENT, 
who for the greater part of his 
long and active life was engaged 
in agricultural pursuits in Rollinsford, was 
born in this town, January 8, 1818, son of 
James and Hannah (Hussey) Clement. James 
Clement, Sr. , grandfather of Moses, and a pio- 
neer settler of Rollinsford, came from England 
with his three brothers in a boat they had 
built themselves. One of them died on the 
way. James settled first at Dover Neck, but 
later came to Rollinsford, where he became 
the owner of a very large tract of land. He 
married Betsey Tibbits. Their son, James 
Clement, Jr., was born on the Rollinsford 
homestead,! and received his education in the 
common schools. He carried on a large busi- 
ness in raising cattle and sheep. He fought 
as a soldier in the War of 1812, being sta- 
tioned at Portsmouth, and subsequently drew 
a pension from the government for honorable 
services. His wife, Hannah Hussey Clement, 
was a sister of the mother of John G. Whit- 
tier; and Mr. Moses Clement was both a 
cousin and a close friend of the famous poet. 
Mrs. Clement, like her distinguished brother, 
was a member of the Society of Friends. She 
was the mother of the following named chil- 
dren: Edward, Moses, Sarah (twin sister of 
Moses), James, Oliver, Elizabeth, George, and 
William. 

Moses Whittier Clement resided all his life 
on the home farm, which he bought when he 
married, with the exception of a few years 
before his marriage,' when he worked at shoe- 
making in one of the large manufactories at 



Haverhill, Mass. His principal crops were 
potatoes and corn, and he kept but a small 
herd of cows. He was a hale and vigorous 
man for one of his years. In 1896 he loaded 
all the hay cut on the farm, the annual harvest 
of which is about twenty tons, and trimmed 
out after the mowing machine. He died sud- 
denly of heart trouble, January 29, 1S97. 

Mr. Clement married Miss Elizabeth 
Hooper, daughter of John Hooper, of Tufton- 
boro. She bore him five children, namely: 
Abbie; Elizabeth, who died in infancy; 
George, the first son, who died when nineteen 
years of age; Elizabeth (the second of the 
name), who married James Whitehouse, and 
resides in South Berwick, Me. ; and Herbert 
Clement, who now carries on the farm, about 
thirty-five acres of which is tillage land, 
and is under high cultivation. Mrs. Moses 
Clement died January 13, 1894, at the age of 
seventy-five years. She was a devoted mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, and 
her husband was one of the Trustees of the 
society. In politics Mr. Clement was a life- 
long Republican. Though never an ofifice- 
seeker, he was a member of the School Com- 
mittee for many years, and at one time held 
the office of Road Surveyor. In these posi- 
tions he served the public interests faithfully 
and efficiently and to the general satisfaction 
of the townspeople. His son Herbert is a 
member of Washington Lodge, I. O. O. F., 
of Somersworth, in which he is Past Grand. 




'fs iRS. ELIZABETH (BENSON) 
JACKSON, of Centre Harbor, is 
a native of this town, and a 
daughter of the Rev. Almon and Rhoda A. 
(Roys) Benson. Her grandfather was liben- 
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The Rev. Aliiinn licnsmi, Ijorn in Jericho, 
June 3, 1 8 10, was educated at the Gilmanton 
(N. H.) Academy and Theological Seminary, 
and was ordained a Concjregational preacher. 
Soon after his ordination he came to Centre 
Marhor to supply the pulpit for a short time, 
and made such a favorable impression that, at 
the conclusion of the service on the second 
Sunda)' of his stay, he was unanimously called 
to the pastorate by the society. He was in- 
stalled December 2, 1S40, as the first settled 
Congregational minister in Centre Harbor. 
As the result of his diligent labor and influ- 
ence among the people, the church multiplied 
in membership. At the close of a protracted 
revival service held in 1843, all but three chil- 
dren over twelve years old, belonging to 
attendants and members, were converted and 
added to its fold. As his salary was not suffi- 
cient to support him, he engaged in farming, 
tilling the soil four days in the week, and 
spending Fridays and Saturdays in his study. 
He acquired considerable real estate as the 
result of his farming operations. After filling 
the pulpit here for many years, he retired from 
his pastoral duties, and engaged in the busi- 
ness of entertaining summer boarders. In 
politics he was a Republican. He served as 
a member of the School Board for some time, 
and represented this town in the legislature 
for two terms. His death occurred September 
14, 1884. Rhoda A. (Roys) Jackson, his 
wife, was a daughter of Samuel Roys, of what 
is now Easton, N. H. She was a pupil of 
Mary Lyon at the Mount Holyoke Seminary. 
After completing her education she taught 
school until her marriage. She became the 
mother of four children ; namely, Julitta K., 
Elizabeth, Rufus A. R., and Theodocia C. 
Rufus A. R. resides in Somcrville, Mass.; 
and Theodocia C. is now the wife of George 
]■:. Hart, of South Boston. Mr. Hart, who for 



eleven years was |)ianofi)ile tuner in the public 
schools of l^oston, is lunv teacher of tuning at 
the Perkins Institution for the Blind in South 
I^oston, of which lie is a graduate. Mrs. 
Almon Benson died h'tlnuary 20, 1896, aged 
seventy-eight years. 

Elizabeth Benson was gr.iduated from Mount 
Holyoke Seminary in 1871, and immediately 
entered upon her career as an educator. She 
taught for two years in Baton Rouge, La. ; for 
one year in Janesville, Wis.: for seven years 
in Massachusetts; and for two years she kejit 
a private school in Centre Harbor. On Sci)- 
tember 10, 1896, she married William C. 
Jackson. He was born in what is now Madi- 
son, N.II., March 7, 1843. His parents were 
Caleb and Cathrine (Keneson) Jackson, both 
natives of RLadison. His great-grandfather 
was James Jackson, M.D., and his grandfather 
was Daniel Jackson, who resided in Madison, 
then called Eaton. In his younger days 
Daniel Jackson was a carpenter, and later a 
farmer. He was prominent as a member of 
the Free Baptist church, and he lived to be 
seventy years old. He married Abigail Mer- 
rill, daughter of Thomas Merrill, of Conwaj', 
N. H., and became the father of seventeen 
children, eleven of whom grew to maturity. 
She was an active member of the h'rec Bnjitist 
church. Thomas Merrill, who was born in 
Concord, N.II., April 14, 1748, married Han- 
nah Ambrose, of that town. His father. 
Thomas Merrill (first), born in Haverhill, 
Mass., February 25, 1723, settled in Concord, 
N.H., in 1765, and was the first Town Clerk 
and the first Justice of the Peace in that town. 
The first ancestor of the Merrill family of 
whom there is any record, was John Merrill, 
who was born in Haverhill, April 14, 1704. 
He was one of the first settlers of Concord, 
and was chosen a Deacon of the Congrega- 
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of William C, was a prosperous farmer, who 
also followed the trade of carpenter. He 
owned farms, and resided at different times in 
Madison, Centre Harbor, Moultonboro, Sand- 
wich, and Tamworth. He was known and re- 
spected as an industrious, upright man, and 
for many years was a member of the Congrega- 
tional church. He died in Tamworth, Febru- 
ary 16, 1882, aged seventy -eight years and six 
months. 

William C. Jackson was brought to Centre 
Harbor by his parents when he was an infant. 
After receiving his education in this town, he 
learned the shoemaker's trade, and also as- 
sisted his father in carrying on the farm. At 
the age of twenty-one he learned photography, 
and was subsequently engaged in that business 
for himself until iSSi. He then sold out, 
and has since been proprietor of a jewelry 
store in this town. In politics he is a Re- 
publican. He has been identified with the 
Congregational church as clerk and treasurer 
for some years. Mrs. Jackson is a lady of 
more than usual activity, and takes a deep in- 
terest in any charitable or religious movement 
to which she can be of assistance. She is 
Secretary of the Centre Harbor Library Asso- 
ciation and a member of the Congregational 
church. 




SCAR ALONZO LOUGEE, one of 
the most prominent merchants of La- 
conia, was born in this city, October 
28, 1857, son of True Worthy and Abbie R. 
(Gilman) Lougee. A representative of an old 
New Hampshire family of Colonial origin, he 
traces his genealogy directly to John Lougee, 
who was a native of the Isle of Jersey. In 
the reign of Queen Anne, between the years 
1703 and 1 713, John Lougee emigrated to this 
country, and settled in New Hampshire. 
Some time after he was carried off by the Ind- 



ians. He subsequently escaped from captiv- 
ity, passed the rest of his life in Exeter, and 
died at the age of seventy-seven. When he 
was eighteen years old he wedded Mary, 
daughter of Moses Gilman, of New Market, 
and afterward reared a family of eight chil- 
dren. John Lougee (second), eldest son of 
John (first), settled with his brother, Gilman, 
in Gilmanton, N.H. He sucessively married 
Molly Leavitt, Susan Hull, and Mrs. Judith 
Deal, and died at the advanced age of ninety- 
four years. By his first two marriages he had 
fifteen children. The next in line was Joseph 
Lougee, born in Gilmanton, June 28, 1751, 
who was a carpenter and a farmer, possessed 
unusual physical powers, and died in Gilman- 
ton, February 16, 1845. It is told of Joseph 
that, when ninety years old, he assisted in 
moving a barn. His first wife was before 
marriage Apphia Swazey. His second mar- 
riage was contracted November 4, 1780, with 
Miriam Fogg, who was born March 28, 1757. 
He had thirteen children; namely, Elisha, 
Polly, Apphia, Polly (second), Sally, Sally 
(second), John Fogg, Anna, Joseph, Seth, 
Daniel, Samuel Dearborn, and Apphia (sec- 
ond). At his death he left ten children, 
forty-five grandchildren, and sixty-five great- 
grandchildren. 

Elisha Lougee (first), great-grandfather of 
the subject of this sketch, was born in Gil- 
manton, July 3, 1772. In 1798 he settled in 
Sanbornton, and first occupied the property in 
the square now owned by S. G. Abbott. Pre- 
vious to 1 8 10 he removed to the Thomas place, 
where his son Elisha now resides. For many 
years he followed the carpenter's trade, at 
which he was quite an expert, and usually had 
a number of apprentices under instruction. 
He was a man of considerable prominence in 
his day, and served as a Lieutenant in tlie 
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buniton, Uccciiihcr 23, 1843. In 1793 he 
niarricil Anna Lord, a nati\c o[ ICxctcr, who 
died November 17, iiS6o, at;eil eighty-two 
years. Her ehiklren were: Charles, Mary, 
Mlisha, I'Llizabeth, Ann, and Joseph. h^lisha 
Lougee (second), grandfather of (Jscar A., was 
born in Sanbornton, March 15, iSoo. In 
early manhood he engaged in farming in his 
native town. At a later date he moved to 
Northfield Centre, and still later to Laconia, 
where he was engaged in tilling the soil for 
fourteen years. He finally returned to his old 
farm in Sanbornton, and is still residing 
there. Grandfather Elisha Lougee has been 
twice married. On September 4, 1823, he 
was wedded to Thirza Philbrook, daughter of 
Deacon David Philbrook, by the Rev. Peter 
Clark. She died July 21, 1866, aged sixty- 
two years; and on May 15, 1867, he married 
Pamelia A. Glines, of Northfield. Born of 
his first union were: True Worthy, Sarah 
Jane, Thirza Philbrook, and Samuel Fernald. 
True Worthy Lougee, father of Oscar A., was 
born in Sanbornton, October 13, 1S25. His 
chief occupation was that of a carpenter, and 
the greater part of his life was spent in La- 
conia. He served as a private in the Twelfth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, during 
the Civil War. After his discharge from the 
army he continued to reside here until his 
death by apoplexy on July 21, 1879. He was 
a member of the P"ree Will Baptist church. 
His wife, Abbie, whom he married in 1S53, 
was born in Bethlehem, N.H. She became 
the mother of three sons, namely: Frank Her- 
bert, who was born March 4, 1855; Oscar A., 
the subject of this sketch ; and Orman True, 
who was born May 25, 1861. 

Oscar Alonzo Lougee graduated from the 
Laconia High School in 1875. Immediately 
after he became a clerk in the dry-goods and 
carpet store of George W. Weeks, and was 



subsequently em|)loyed in that capacity until 
March, 1877. Then, in comp.my with his 
brother, I"". 11. Lougee, and .S. 15. .Smith, lie 
engaged in busines.s, under the liiin name of 
Smith, Lougee Brothers & Co. In 1.S81 the 
firm became known as Lougee 15rothers, and 
in 1884 Orman T. Lougee was admitted to 
partneiship. Business increased to such an 
extent as to oblige them to establish them- 
selves in their present location in December, 
1885. .Since then they have had to make addi- 
tions to their lloor space, including an annex 
twenty by forty feet, erected in the siiring of 
1890, antl a large storehouse, sixty by forty 
feet, erected in the fall of 1896. Dealing in 
dry and fancy goods, carpets, furniture, bed- 
ding, etc., they carry one of the largest stocks 
in Laconia. The firm has also a large store 
in St. Johnsbury, \'t. 

Mr. Lougee attends the Free Baptist church. 
In politics he is a Republican and an earnest 
advocate of the gold standaid. I le represented 
Ward Four in the Common Council of Laconia 
in 1895 and 1896, serving ui)oii the Committee 
on I-"inance for both years. He is connected 
with Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, !•". & 
A. M. ; with Winnepesaukee Lodge, No. 7, 
I. O. O. F. ; and with Laconia iMicampment, 
of which he is Patriarch. 

The business ability Mr. Lougee has shown 
himself to be possessed of gives promise of 
still greater success than he has yet won. 



f^OSI':i'LI H. FICRNALD, who is engaged 
in agricultural pursuits in the town o( 
Dover, N. H., was born in 1829 in 
Alexandria, Grafton County, this State, a son 
of Joseph and Lydia (Fernald) Fernald. 
When he was an infant his parents removed to 
Strafford County, locating in the town of Har- 
rington; and a few years later they settled in 



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Uurliam, going from there, when he was a lad 
of twelve years, to the town of Madbury. He 
was educated in the public schools of Durham 
and Madbury, and grew to manhood in the 
latter place. When about twenty years of 
age, being desirous of learning some useful 
trade, and being somewhat of a mechanic, he 
came to Dover, and here served an apprentice- 
ship of two years and a half with a carpenter. 
He subsequently worked at his trade in this 
vicinity for about four years, making his home 
successively in Madbury and Durham. In 
1854 he went to Lawrence, Mass., and from 
there, in the following spring, to California, 
making the trip by way of the Isthmus of 
Panama. Going directly to San Francisco, he 
there readily found employment at carpenter- 
ing. After remaining si.x years in California, 
he returned to his native State, and settled in 
Madbury, where he followed his early vocation 
until 1888, doing a large amount of work in 
that locality. Coming thence to Dover, he 
has since given his attention to farmings hav- 
ing a farm of eighteen acres ; and, besides rais- 
ing fruit, vegetables, hay, and some grain, he 
has a small dairy. During the eight or more 
years that he has been engaged in his present 
occupation he has met with exceptionally 
good results, the skilful and systematic 
methods with which he carries on his work 
bringing him due reward. Politically, he is a 
stanch adherent of the principles promulgated 
by the Democratic party; and he is in all 
things a true and loyal citizen. 



[cy^IDNEY B. HAYES, clerk and pay- 
master of the Cocheco Woollen 
Manufacturing Company at East 
Rochester, was born June 16, 1850, in the 
town of Strafford, son of Charles H. Hayes. 
He traces his descent to pioneer stock. His 




great-grandfather on the paternal siile removed 
to Strafford from Barrington in the early part 
of the eighteenth century, transporting his 
household goods in an o.x cart, and making the 
journey of ten miles through the woods. 
After settling in Strafford, Great-grandfather 
Hayes engaged in clearing a tract of land; and 
in the humble log cabin built by his own 
hands his children, including Joseph, the 
grandfather of Sidney 1?., were born. 

Charles H. Hayes was born and reared in 
Strafford, and in his younger days was there en- 
gaged in general farming and dairying. Later 
in life he became connected with the Cocheco 
Woollen Manufacturing Company of East Roch- 
ester, where he spent his declining years, dy- 
ing in 1 89 1. He was a man of good business 
ability, and was highly respected for his man- 
liness and integrity. He took no active part 
in town or county affairs, but he was a loyal 
supporter of the principles of the Reiniblican 
party. He married Miss Sarah J. Foss, of 
Rochester, who bore him three children, 
namely: George L., now of Maiden, Mass.; 
Mary E., the wife of the Rev. H. H. French, 
also of Maiden; and Sidney B., the subject of 
this sketch. 

Sidney B. Hayes obtained his elementary 
education in the public schools of Strafford. 
He subsequently attended the Maine State 
Seminary at Lewiston and the Edward Little 
Institute of Auburn, Me., graduating from the 
commercial department of the latter in 1869. 
Mr. Hayes then became a clerk in the dry- 
goods store of S. H. Feineman & Brother, of 
Rochester, remaining eighteen months in their 
employ. He resigned that situation to enter 
the ofifiee of the Cocheco Woollen Manufact- 
uring Company in his present responsible 
capacity, the duties of which he has since dis- 
charged in a manner that has given the utmost 
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in local affairs. Besides serving as a member 
of the School Board for three years, he repre- 
sented Rochester in the State legislature in 
1S76 and 1877. In 1S96 Ward One unani- 
mously elected him to the City Council for a 
term of three years. This was an emphatic 
expression of the esteem in which liis fellow- 
citizens hold him. 

Mr. Hayes was first married November 19, 
1S72, to Miss Emma A. Stone, of South Ber- 
wick, Me. After a happy wedded life of 
twenty years she died, leaving no children. 
On October 31, 1895, Mr. Hayes contracted a 
second marriage with Mrs. Rosa A. Gowell, 
of Pittsfield, Me. fie was made a Mason in 
Humane Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M., of 
Rochester; and he is now a member of Temple 
Chapter, R. A. M., of that place. He is 
likewise an Odd Fellow of prominence, be- 
longing to Cocheco Lodge, No. 39, of East 
Rochester, of which he is now Treasurer; and 
to the Norway Plains Encampment of Roches- 
ter. He is one of the trustees of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church and the superintendent 
of its Sunday-school. 




"red E. berry, who is quite largely 
engaged in general farming in Barn- 
stead, was born here, October 30, 1857, 
son of Ira L. and Lavinia E. (Drew) Berry. 
On April 19, 1827, Eliphalet Berry, father of 
Ira L. , came from Strafford, this State, to 
Barnstead, and settled on a forty-acre tract of 
land, which now forms a part of the farm 
owned by his grandson. This land was a jior- 
tion of the large tract purchased by John Drew; 
and the house thereon was built by Elijah 
Drew, one of John Drew's sons. Eliphalet 
died December 13, 1859, aged about si.\ty-two 
years. He was the father of four children, 
namely: Ira L. , Eliza Ann, Lucy, and Will- 



iam. The daughters died young. William, 
who enlisted in Company H of the Twelfth 
New Hampshire Regiment, in whicl) he I)e- 
came a Cori)oral, was wounded at tlie battle cif 
ChancellorsviUe, so that he died shortly after. 
He left a widow, Josephine (l^vans) Berry, 
who afterward married George Carver, of 
Havre de Grace, Md. b.liphalet's wife, Eliz- 
abeth (Locke) Berry, died January 11, 1877. 
at the age of seventy-six years. 

Ira L. Berry received his education in a 
district and private sclninl, supi)Iemented by 
a few terms at (Jilmanton and Northlield 
Academies. Thereafter he followed the pro- 
fession of teacher in Harnstead and other 
towns of this State and in Rhode Island. 
From Rhode Island he returned to the hon)e- 
stead, whicii finally became iiis by inheritance. 
For fifteen successive years he served the town 
as Selectman, and was Chairman of the Board 
for a large part of the time. He also held 
the office of County Cinnmissioiiei' and that of 
Justice of the Peace. His re|iutation was that 
of a model public official. He died l'"ebruary 
28, 1892, aged sixty-three years. Lavinia, 
his wife, a daughter of Joseph Drew, is a de- 
scendant of John Drew, who is thought to have 
been the earliest settler of North Barnstead. 
J. Horace Drew, of Gilmanton, traces his de- 
scent to the same ancestor. Lavinia Drew 
attended both Gilmanton and Northfield Acad- 
emies, and subsec[uent!y taught school for some 
time before her marriage and in RJindc Island 
after it. She has become the niotlier ot tiiree 
children — P'red E. , Lucy A., and Myra K. 
Lucy, after teaching school for a niunber of 
year.s, married J. W. Whitney, of Syracuse, 
N.Y., who is now engaged in the practice of 
medicine in Homer, N. Y. Myra is the wife 
of E. H. Shannon, a lawyer at Laconia. 

On completing his education at the New 
Hampton Academy, l-'red K. Berry worked 



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for two years in Beverly, Mass., for an express 
company. The ne.xt seven years were em- 
pl())etl in lumber and mercantile !}usiness in 
l^'loritla. Upon his return North he went to 
Saco, Me., where he was associated with a box 
manufacturing company for a time. Returning 
from Saco to the homestead, he has since re- 
sided here. The farm contains about three 
hundred acres of land. He gives especial 
attention to the [iroduction of milk. On 
March 27, 1890, Mr. Berry married Kdith M. 
Tarbox, daughter of Charles L. and Julia A. 
(Tuck) Tarbox, of Biddeford, Me. They 
have three children — Helen J., Grace E., and 
Edith T. Berry. 



-rf7\0BERT V. SWEET, M.D., a promi- 
I ^^ nent homceopathic physician of Roch- 
i-P v ^ _ ^ ester, and formerly Mayor of this 
city, was burn in Port liyron, N. Y., April 25, 
1865. He was fitted for college at the high 
school in his native town, and, entering Cor- 
nell University, was graduated with the class 
of 1885. He was principal of the Rose Union 
School, at Rose, N.Y., one year, and then 
became a medical student at the New York 
Homctopathic College and Hospital. He was 
graduated in 1888, and, immediately locating 
in Rochester, began the practice of his profes- 
sion. He has not only attained a high degree 
of success in his calling, but his popularity as 
a citizen was of so marked a nature as to result 
in his nomination and election as Mayor in 
1894. In politics he is an independent 
Democrat. During bis term of office he 
gave the city an able and efficient administra- 
tion of public affairs. In January, 1896, he 
pursued a post-graduate course in New York 
City, after the completion of which he spent 
eight months in travelling through Great Brit- 
ain, France, Germany, and Italy for the 



benefit of his health, making personal observa- 
tions of various matters connected with atl- 
vaiicetl medical science. He returned home a 
short time ago, and, with renewed vigor and 
increased knowledge, is now busy with his 
professional duties. 

In June, 1892, Dr. Sweet was imited in 
marriage with Josephine Wallace, daughter 
of E. G. Wallace, of Rochester. Mrs. Sweet 
is the mother of three children; namely, 
Pauline, Carlyle, and Robert Vaughan, Jr. 

Dr. Sweet is well advanced in Masonry, 
and belongs to Humane Lodge, No. 21, A. F. 
& A. M., Temple Chapter, No. 20, R. A. M., 
and Palestine Commandery, K. T., of Roches- 
ter. He is a member of the Congregational 
church. 



f^OHN HENRY ROBINSO-N, one of the 
best-known farmers of Laconia, and an 

ex-member of the New Flamiishire leg- 
islature, was born in the house where he now 
resides, June 22, 1844, son of John Langdon 
and Rachel C. (Smith) Robinson. The farm 
which Mr. Robinson occupies was cleared from 
the wilderness by his great-grandfather, Chase 
Robinson, who removed hither from Stratham, 
N.H., many years ago, when Laconia was part 
of the town of Meredith. He erected the 
present residence, which was the birthplace of 
his son, Thomas Robinson, grandfather of the 
subject of this sketch. Thomas Robinson 
succeeded to the possession of the homestead, 
and resided here until his death, which 
occurred when he was fifty-five years old. 

John Langdon Robinson, father of John II., 
was born at the homestead, April 18, 1S09. 
He inherited the property, and the active 
period of his life has been devoted to agricult- 
ural pursuits. In politics he is a Democrat. 
His wife, Rachel C. Smith, whom he married 
October 29, 1831, was a daughter of Washing- 




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tjn Smith, of this town, and _L;rancl-ilaughtor of 
Judge Ebcnezer Snii.th, one of the earliest 
settlers. Two chiklren were born of this 
union, nameh' : Charles I'".; and John Henry, 
the subject of this sketch. The niuther died 
January 12, 1892, aged eighty-one years. 
She was a member of the h'ree Will Baptist 
church. 

John Henry Robinson was edncatetl in the 
district school and at the New Hampton Lit- 
erary Institution. Tilling the soil has been 
his occupation since completing his studies, 
and for many years past he has managed the 
Robinson farm with unusual energy and suc- 
cess. He has one hundreil and ten acres 
of excellent land, forty of which are under 
cultivation. 

On May 15, 1S69, Mr. Robinson was joined 
in marriage with Hannah Blaisdell, daughter 
of David Blaisdell, of this town. Her father 
was born in Laconia, February 9, 1S09; and 
his father, John Blaisdell, resided in Meredith 
previous to the incorporation of this town. 
David Blaisdell learned the carpenter's trade 
in his youth, and shortly after finishing his 
apprenticeship engaged in business for him- 
self as an architect and builder. Mr. and 
Mrs. Robinson have one daughter, I'^leanor 
Blaisdell. 

Mr. Robinson has served as Supervisor of 
Elections si.x years, was for three years a 
member of the Board of Selectmen, and, while 
a Representative to the legislature in 1891, 
was a member of the Committee on Towns. 
He is connected with Chocorua Lodge, 
I. O. O. v., of Lakeport; Granite Lodge, 
Ancient Order of United Workmen; and is a 
Fast Master of Laconia Grange, I'atrt)ns of 
Husbandry. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are ac- 
tive members of the Free Will Bajitist church, 
which he has served as Deacon, Treasurer, and 
chorister. 



/STlORGI': F. MATHKS, general agent 
\J5T at the Boston & Maine railway ilepot 
in Dover, was born iMareh 25, 1.S56, 
in the town of Rochester, N.IL, son of the 
late Stephen i\L and Louisa ]•". (Davis) 
Mathes. He is ilesceniled from one of the 
earlier settlers of this part of the State. His 
father, Stephen M. l\Lathes, was born and bred 
in Milton, N.IL On attaining his majority 
Stephen, locating in Rochester, engaged in a 
general mercantile business, and became one 
of the mos-t prominent men of the place before 
his death, which occurred at the age of three- 
score years. He was a leailing member of the 
lodge of Odd Fellows organized in that town. 
His wife, who was als(j born in Milton, is now 
spcmding her declining years in Rochester. 
She is a sincere Christian woman and a de- 
voted member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. 

George F. Mathes was but a year old when 
his father died. He received a practical edu- 
cation in the common schools. When about 
seventeen years old he began his term of ser- 
vice in the work with which he has since been 
identified. The first two months were spent 
as baggage-master in tlie station at Rochester. 
Then he began braking on a freight train, sub- 
sequently becoming brakeman and baggage- 
master on a passenger train of the Great Fall.s 
& Conway road, which is now a part of the 
Boston & Maine system. He was afterward 
promoted to the [losition of conductor. In 
1893 Mr. Mathes acci'pted his i)resent position 
in Dover, where he has established for himself 
a firm place among the most respected busi- 
ness men and citizens. He is a self-made 
man in every sense implied by the term, hav- 
ing by his own efforts steadily climbed the 
ladder of prosperity. Politically, Mr. Mathes 
is a sturdy Republican, ami for many years 
was quite an active member of his party. He 



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was a delegate to the Constitutional Conven- 
tion in 18S9, and in 1S93 represented the 
town of Wolfboro in the State legislature. 
Socially, he is a member of Syracuse Lodge, 
No. 27, K. of P., of Salmonville; and of the 
Wolfboro Tribe of the Improved Order of Red 
Men. 

Mr. Mathes was married to Miss Fannie A. 
Parker, daughter of C. H. Parker, of Wolfboro. 
They have one child, Charles A., who is now 
a brakeman on the Boston & Maine Railroad. 
Mr. and Mrs. Mathes arc not publicly identi- 
fied with any religious organization; but they 
are liberal in their beliefs, and attend the 
Unitarian church. 




JZICKIKI. HAY1':S, of Alton, and his 
brother William, are among the most 
widely known and respected citizens 
of Belknap County, their unusual loyalty to 
each other so associating them in the minds of 
others that, although their youthful years have 
long since passed, they still are known as the 
"Hayes Boys." They are sons of William 
and Polly (Wentworth) Hayes. Plzekiel was 
born in Alton, May 4, 1826. 

William Hayes, the father, came to Alton 
from Farmington, this State, and in 1804 pur- 
chased the farm of one hundred acres or more 
now owned by his son Ezekiel. But little of 
the land had previously been cleared, so that 
for the first few years he was obliged to give 
the larger share of his time to getting off the 
timber; but he was industrious, and prospered 
in his undertakings. He purchased another 
farm of one hundred acres, which he gave to 
his two older sons. He continued to reside on 
the home farm until his death, living to be 
eighty-three years of age. He was a man of 
strictly temperate habits, believing a moderate 
drinker to be but a "Prop to the Drunkard's 



Grave." For a number of years he served as 
Selectman of Alton. In church affairs also 
he was very active, and was a member of the 
committee that had charge of the erection of 
the first church built in Alton Centre. Polly, 
his wife, was a daughter of Stephen Went- 
worth, of Milton, N.II. She lived to be 
ninety-two years old. They had si.x children, 
namely: Daniel, Stephen W., Olive, Ira F., 
Ezekiel, and William. Daniel was a carriage- 
maker and carpenter. Stephen, a carriage- 
maker and cabinet-maker, was a prominent 
Republican, and served as Town Clerk a num- 
ber of years. Olive, the only daughter, mar- 
ried Joshua Wright, of Alton. Ira Hayes, 
living in Sangerville, Me., is a prominent 
Republican politician, and has been a Police 
Judge for a number of years. 

Ezekiel was for five terms a student of Leb- 
anon Academy, Lebanon, Me., attending 
school in the winter and working at farming 
in the summer months. He taught school for 
a number of years, and all his life has found 
much pleasure in reading. As mentioned 
above, he now owns the old homestead, and 
his brother William owns a farm on the oppo- 
site side of the street. The two farms contain 
about three hundred and seventy acres. They 
carried them on together until a few years ago, 
when, owing to the expectation of Ezekiel that 
his son would take up the work with him, they 
divided their property. While living on sep- 
arate farms, one never transacted any business 
without consulting the other; and the profits of 
all sales were divided. Even since the di- 
vision they are as inseparable as ever, each de- 
ferring important business matters to the 
judgment of the other, and in busy times 
assisting each other in their work. William 
is a widower. 

Ezekiel Hayes married L}'dia A. P^ench, a 
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of Alton. l'"or lour years Mrs. Hayes was 
successfully engaged in school teaching. 
They have a son and daughter — Mary Ellen 
and Herbert E. The daughter, who followed 
teaching for a number of years, is now the wife 
of James N. Ames, and has four chiklren. 
Herbert E. , the son, is engaged in the pro- 
vision business in Boston, his store being on 
Warren Street, in the Roxbury District. Mrs. 
Hayes is a member of the Congregational 
church. 



-1^T1:NRY rust PARKER, M.D., an 
l-^n eminent physician and an esteemed 
JL^ V __ citizen (jf Dover, while a native of 
the Granite State, comes of substantial Eng- 
lish ancestry. He was born at Wolfboro, Jan- 
uary 24, 1836. His first knowledge of books 
was obtained in the common schools, where he 
usually stood very near the head of his class. 
When but twelve years of age, he had the mis- 
fortune to lose both of his parents, and was 
thereby thrown wholly upon his own resources. 
Realizing the need of a good education in 
order to insure his future success, the young 
lad worked for it with a persistent energy that 
was bound to succeed. Before many years had 
passed, he was a student in the Wolfboro 
Academy, and later his name was enrolled 
among the noted instructors of that institution. 
While performing his duties as a teacher, Mr. 
Parker devoted his free time to the study of 
medicine, for which he had a strong predilec- 
tion. Afterward he entered the medical de- 
partment of Dartmouth College, from which 
he was graduated in 1866. l^eginning the 
jjiactice of his profession in his native town, 
he continued there until 1881, when he came 
to Dover. Here, preceded by his reputation 
for skill and knowledge, he made ra|)id strides 
in his profession; and to-day he occupies an 
assured position among the leading [jracti- 



tioners of this seeti(jn of New iMigland. He 
was examining surgeon for pensions in Straf- 
ford County. Under both administrations of 
President Cleveland he was President of the 
15oard of Examining Surgeons for this county, 
and he holds that of!ice still. He is likewise 
one of the trustees of the million-dollar estate 
left by the late tHram Barker, of l-'armington, 
N. II. ; President of the Medical Society of 
Dover; member of the New Ham|)shire Medi- 
cal Society ; member of the Strafford County 
Medical Society, of which he was President in 
the years 1891 and 1892 ; and a member of the 
State E.xecutive Committee, Y. M. C. A., of 
New Hampshire and \'ermont. 

Dr. Parker was married May 27, 1866, to 
Miss Ella M. Thompson, of Wolfboro; and 
they have become the parents of three chil- 
dren. These are: Nathalie S., the wife of 
George B. Harper, of Montreal, Can. ; Al- 
berta T. , the wife of Harry P. Henderson, of 
Dover; and Henry R. Parker, Jr., who died 
December 27, 1894, aged nineteen years. 
The Doctor is a member of the St. Thomas 
Episcopal Church of Dover. In politics he is 
a stanch Democrat. He has had the honor of 
being the first Democrat to fill the Mayor's 
chair in Dover, having been elected to this 
office in 1890; and he was re-elected in 1891. 
In Masonic circles he is quite prominent, 
being a thirty-second degree Mason ami a 
Past Master of the 151 ue Lodsre. 



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LONZO S. ]-"RENCH, a lifelong resi- 
dent of Alton, was born here May 25, 
S34, son of Ira and Lois (McDuf- 
fee) Erench. His [laternal grandfather, Eben- 
ezer P'rench, came from I-'armington, N.H., to 
Alton over a century ago, when the town was 
only partially settled. Ebcnezer purchased in 
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that, when deared, iMOVcd to be the finest 
pasture in this seetion. Later in life he 
bought considerable adjoining land. He was 
a carpenter by trade. Before coming to Alton 
he had married Abigail Walker. He died at 
the age of fifty years. She lived to be about 
seventy-five. They had eight children; 
namely, Ira, Willard, I.ydia, Seth, Sarah, 
Abigail, Eben, and one that died in infancy. 
Willard and Seth farmed together in Alton. 
The latter married, while the former remained 
single. In his younger days Willard, who had 
received a good common-school education, 
taught school for several terms. Abigail was 
twice married, her first husband being Oilman 
Hunt, and the second Moses Gilman. She 
died in 1SC95, aged eighty-five years, leaving 
no children. Eben, a shoemaker, removed 
when young to Woburn, Mass., where he mar- 
ried and spent the remainder of his life. 
Sarah remained single. 

Ira French, the eldest child of his parents, 
after learning the trade of a caprenter with his 
father, was overseer of a department in one of 
the cotton-mills of Dover, N.H., for a few 
years. When he was twenty-five years of age, 
his father died; and, returning to the home- 
stead farm, he afterward carried it on until his 
own death. After becoming the owner of the 
place, he purchased sufficient land to increase 
it in size to about two hundred acres. He 
made a specialty of stock-raising. In politics 
he was a Whig, and took an active part in 
matters of public interest. In religious belief 
he was a Free Baptist, belonging to the church 
at East Alton. He was born in the first year 
of the present century, and died in 1877, aged 
seventy-seven years. By his wife Lois, a 
daughter of James McDuffee, he was the father 
of six children — Oren L. , Ann E., James M., 
Lydia A., Alonzo S. , and Eleanor M. Of 
these Oren, a resident of Alton, Lydia, the 



wife of Ezekiel Hayes, and Alonzo are the 
only survivors. Ann E. was the wife of Jo- 
seph B. l{vans ; James M., who was station 
agent at Alton Bay for twenty-seven years, left 
a widow and children; and Eleanor died when 
si.xteen years old. 

Having liist attended the tiistrict schools, 
Alonzo S. French studied for a few terms at 
both Wolfboro and New Hampton Academics. 
Upon the completion of his course he taught 
school in the winter for a time, working with 
his father during the remainder of the year. 
At a later date he took full charge of the 
homestead, which he managed until he came 
to Alton village in 1886. On June 6, 1S58, 
he married Nancy J. Fuiber, daughter of 
George W. Furber, of Wolfboro. Mr. French 
has been a Reiniblican since the organization 
of the party. In i860 he was superintendent 
of the town schools. In 1866 and 1867, he 
represented the town in the Lower House of 
the State legislature, serving therein on the 
Committee on Public Lands. For four years, 
beginning in 1888, he was Town Treasurer; 
and he was Selectman in 1 S64, 1865, 1887, 
1888, 1895, and 1896, being on the board with 
Amos L. Rollins,' when the war debt was 
raised, and Chairman of that body in 1896. 
He was for many years a Trustee of the I'~ive 
Cent Savings Bank, and in 1896 he was 
elected for two years to serve as Moderator of 
town meetings. 



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IMON WENTWORTH, a .skilful 
and influential agriculturist of North 
Rochester, was born October 13, 
1823, on the farm which he now occupies, son 
of Beard and Sarah (Roberts) Wentworth. 
He comes of pioneer ancestry, his paternal 
grandfather, Elihu Wentworth, having pur- 
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covered with woods. Clenring a space in this 
wilderness, Jilihu erected a small house, prob- 
ably of logs, for himself and family, and here 
spent his remaining days. 

]5card Wentworth assisted in clearing the 
land as soon as he was old enongh to use an 
axe. Having inherited the old homestead, he 
continued to improve it, and lived here until 
his death at an advanced age in 1873. His 
body was interred in the family cemetery on 
the farm where he had lived and toiled. In 
politics he was a sound Democrat. With his 
wife, Sarah, who was a native of Rochester, 
he reared eight children, namely: Ira, of 
Rochester; Simon, the subject of this sketch; 
Jonas, also of Rochester; Eliza A., the widow 
of Leonard Hayes, of Milton, this county; 
George B., who was killed in an accident on 
the Bradford railroad in iSSS; John F. , of 
Rochester; Martin V. B. , of Dover; and 
Sarah A., who makes her home in Milton with 
her sister, Mrs. Hayes. 

In his boyhood Simon Wentworth attended 
the public schools of Milton, where he was 
well drilled in the elementary branches. Be- 
tween the school sessions he obtained a practi- 
cal knowledge of agriculture under the instruc- 
tion of his parents. Since coming into posses- 
sion of the ancestral acres, he has carried on 
general farming, lumbering, and dairying with 
signal success. Having acquired more land 
by purchase, he is now the owner of four hun- 
dred acres lying in Rochester, Milton, and 
Lebanon. In 1853 he was appointed depot 
master at Hayes Crossing, a position which he 
still holds. He was also Postmaster at North 
Rochester for twenty years. 

Mr. Wentworth married Miss Frances J. 
Cook, of Milton, and has three children. 
These are: Elmer E., of Springvale, Me.; 
Walter S. , who assists in the care of the home 
farm; and P'red B. , of the city of Rochester. 




Mr. Wentworth has voted with the Republi- 
can party since its organization, and for two 
years served his fellow-townsmen as Select- 
man. He was made a Mason in Humane 
Lodge, A. 1". & A. M., of Rochester, with 
which he has been connected several years. 
He attenils the Congregational Church of Mil- 
ton, and is a willing contributor toward its 
support. 

Il.I.IAM !■■. HARMON, a promi- 
nent liveryman of Somersworth, was 
born in Scarboro, Me., March 15. 
1845, son of Lorenzo D. and Mary (Hodsdon) 
Harmon. The father, also a native of Scar- 
boro, spent his life in that town chiefly en- 
gaged in farming, and died at the early age of 
thirty years. The mother still survives him, 
and is now about eighty years of age. 

When but six months old, William F. Har- 
mon was bereft of his father. About two and 
a half years later his mother came with him 
to Somersworth, where he afterward attended 
the public schools until he was about si.xteen 
years of age. On I-'ebruary iS, 1862, when 
not quite seventeen, he enlisted for three years 
in Company D of the P\)urth New Hampshire 
Regiment as a drummer boy. At the expira- 
tion of his term he re-enlisted in the .same 
company and regiment, and served with them 
until the close of the Civil War. He shared 
in the action of Pokatalego, the siege of 
Charleston, the engagements of Morris Island 
and Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, the 
fight at Deep Bottom, and the attack on l-'ort 
F"isiier, passing through all without being 
wounded or taken prisoner. On receiving his 
final discharge he returned to Somersworth, 
and worked as clerk in a dry-goods store for 
three years. He ne.xt engaged in the news- 
paper and periodical business, which he had 
successively conducted for about fourteen years. 



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when he sold out, to assume the duties of Post- 
master of Somersworth. He was appointed to 
this office in September, 1886, and served four 
years and four months. Then he took up the 
insurance business, which he followed until 
1882. In 1892 and 1893 he was Tax Col- 
lector for Somersworth. Also in 1893 he first 
engaged in the livery business, which he has 
since carried on with marked success. 

On November 25, 1871, Mr. Harmon mar- 
ried Miss Lizzie Bracy, of Somersworth, by 
whom he became the father of five children. 
These are: Winnifred L. , who is assistant in 
the Somersworth High School; William F. , 
who is employed in the general ticket office of 
the Boston & Maine Railroad in Boston; 
Charles H., a resident of Somersworth; Helen 
M., at home and attending school; and 
Marion, also at home. On national questions 
Mr. Harmon supports the Democratic party, 
but in local affairs he takes a liberal course. 
From 1876 to 1880 he served as Town Clerk, 
and in 1890 and 1891 he was a member of the 
School Board. He belongs to Littlefield Post, 
No. 8, G. A. R. , of this city, and in 1883 was 
its Commander. 



TT^HARLES E. SMALL, a thrifty farmer 
I jp and a highly esteemed resident of Bel- 

^»i£_^ mont, was born in Canterbury, 
N.H., June 23, i860, son of Darius and Susan 
(Heath) Small. His grandfather, Jeremiah 
Small, who was reared in Canterbury, married 
Hannah Young, of Upper Gilmanton (now 
Belmont), and was the father of nine children 
— William P., Eliza K., Darius, Jane, John, 
Andrew J., Gideon, Winthrop, and Caroline. 
William P., who is living in Canterbury, has 
four children, namely: Ella, the wife of Frank 
Merrill; Emma, a book-keeper; Walter, who 
married a Miss Langehy; and Almon, who 



married Florence Baglcy. Eliza K. married 
Nathan V. Foster, of Belmont, and has one 
son, Frank A. Foster, M.D., of Waltliam, 
Mass. Jane, who is the wife of Enoch Pick- 
ard, of Canterbury, has si.>c children, as fol- 
lows: Jane, now Mrs. Burbeck, of Concord; 
Frances, who married diaries Osgood, son of 
Edward Osgood, a prominent citizen of Can- 
terbury ; Louise, who married Hugh Tallent; 
lillen, who married a Mr. Dearborn, of Con- 
cord, and is now a widow; Grace, who married 
Harry Ray; and Warren, who married Alice 
Shaw, of Concord. John Small married Sarah 
Dennis, of Providence, R.I., and has two chil- 
dren, namely: Anna, who wedded Fred Cole, 
of Concord; and Linius, now a widower, who 
wedded Ida Lovering. Andrew J. Small mar- 
ried Calista Howe, who died leaving three 
children — Eva G., Alfaretta, and Charles H. 
Alfaretta is a trained nurse in Boston, and 
Charles H. is an engineer. Gideon died at 
the age of twenty-three. Winthrop died leav- 
ing one child. Caroline married Sylvanus 
Moore, "of Canterbury. 

Darius Small, Charles E. Small's father, 
born in Canterbury, was reared to agricultural 
pursuits. He moved to Belmont in i860, and 
settled upon a farm of eighty acres, which he 
cultivated industriously, and died April 5, 
1894. His wife, Susan, died May 3, 1884. 
Her father was Abraham Heath, of Nofthfield, 
N. H. , who reared three other children ; namely, 
Rachel, Joseph, and Josiah. Rachel, now 
deceased, was the wife of Samuel Wyatt, of 
Northfield; Joseph married Caroline Grant, 
and has four children; and Josiah married 
Judith Hubbard, and has two children. Mr. 
and Mrs. Darius Small had three children, 
namely: Jeremiah, who died at the age of four 
years; John A., who married Sarah E. Ma.\- 
field, and resides in Lakeport, N.H.; and 
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When lie went with liis parents to Belmont, 
Charles E. Small was eight months old. 
He acquired his education in the public 
schools. Since completing his studies lie has 
been engaged in carrying on the homesteatl 
farm, in company with his father. As a result 
of tlTeir thrift and good judgment the property 
now comprises two hundred acres. Mi-. Small 
wedtlcd Mary Jane (iarmon, daughter of Nich- 
olas and Sarah S. (Hean) Garmon, respectively 
of Gilmanton and Belmont. Nicholas Garmon 
served as Selectman, Town Clerk, and County 
Commissioner. In politics Mr. Small is a 
Republican. lie served as a member of the 
Board of Selectmen for four years, during two 
of which he acted as Chairman. 



/^HARLES DAVIS THYNG, the La- 
I jr^ conia jailer and the efficient superin- 

^J^ ^ tendent of the poor farm, was born 
in Lakeport, Belknap County, August 4, 1845, 
son of Jeremiah B. and Hannah (Davis) 
Thyng. His grandfather, Jeremiah Thyng, 
who was a native of Brentwood, N.H., in his 
early manhood became a pioneer of Gilford, 
settling on Liberty Hill, and was an organizer 
of the Eree Baptist church in this place. 
Jeremiah's wife, in maidenhood named Mor- 
rill, was also born in Bientwood. They 
reared six children, all of whom are now de- 
ceased. 

Jeremiah B. Thyng, the father of Charles 
D., was born on Liberty Hill, and remained 
on the home farm until he was thirty-five years 
of age. He then went to Gilford, this county, 
where he managed a grocery store for four or 
five years. Subsequently he removed to Lake- 
port, where he was emploxed for a few years in 
a mill. The ne.xt four years were spent in 
business in Dover, N.H., after which he 
opened a general merchandise store in Alton, 



this county. Three years later he returned to 
the old homestead in Gilff)rd. In 1860 he re- 
moved to New Hampton, Belknap County, 
where he officiated as Selectman, and was 
prominent in the J'"ree Will Baptist church. 
His wife was a daughter of Nathaniel Davis, 
who was a member of the Davis family on 
Governor's Island in Gilford townshiji. Jere- 
miah B. had only one child, Charles D. , tiie 
subject of this biography. He died in 1881, 
being then seventy-seven years of age. 

After graduating from the New Hampton 
Academy in 1865, Charles D. Thyng estab- 
lished a drug, book, and stationery store in 
that town, and afterward managed it success- 
fully for thirty years. He then came to 
Laconia; and on January i, 1895, he was a]i- 
pointcd superintendent of the poor farm and 
jailer. In politics he affiliates with the Re- 
publican party. He was Postmaster of New 
Hamilton for eighteen years, its Town Treas- 
urer for a quarter of a century, and in 1SS7 he 
was its Representative in the legislature. 
While Representative he was on the Commit- 
tees of Mileage and Revision of the Statutes, 
and he was inlluential in securing the charter 
for the Gordon Nash Library of New Hamjiton. 

On Eebruary i, 1870, I\Ir. Thyng was mar- 
ried to Caroline R., daughter of I'"lavel Bow- 
ker, of Brunswick, Me. His children by the 
union are: Herbert M., Arthur D., Cora H., 
and Elsie B. Herbert M. was graduated from 
New Hampton Academy, and is now a Senior 
in Dartmouth College; Arthur D., who was 
graduated from the commercial department of 
the same institution in the summer of 1896, is 
assisting his father; Cora H., who graduated 
from New Hampton Institute in 189(7, resides 
at home. Mr. Thyng has been identified with 
Cardigan Lodge, No. 38. I. O. O. E., of Bris- 
tol, since 1873. He is now Past Grand Mas- 
ter, having held all the chairs. He also 



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belongs to the Daunhtcrs of Rebecca in the 
same town. In religion he affiliates with the 
Free Will 15aptist church, in which he has 
officiateil for four years as superintendent of 
the Sunday-school. 



7~AHARLES HENRY TRICKl-.V, for- 
I rp nierly engaged as a dealer in coal, 

^>r ^ wood, hay, and lumber in Dover, 
N. H., was prominently associated for many 
years with the mercantile interests of this 
part of Strafford County; and his death, which 
occurred February 2, 1896, was deeply de- 
plored as a public loss to the community. 
Mr. Trickey was born August 14, 1833, in 
Brookfield, Carroll County, N.H., where his 
father, Lemuel Trickey, was prosperously en- 
gaged in general agriculture. His mother, 
Mrs. Maria Goodhue Trickey, is a descendant 
of Governor Thomas Wiggin. She is now 
living, at the advanced age of ninety-one 
years, with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Georgie 
Trickey, at her home on Central Avenue. 

Having diligently improved his opportuni- 
ties for acquiring an education in the district 
schools and in the academy at Wakefield, 
N.H., at the youthful age of seventeen Charles 
H. Trickey taught school in the adjoining 
town of New Durham, meeting with such suc- 
cess that the following year the school agent 
offered him five dollars a month more than 
they had ever paid a teacher before. In 1853, 
at about twenty years of age, Mr. Trickey left 
the old home farm in search of more congenial 
and remunerative employment. Making his 
way to Dover, he obtained a situation as clerk 
in the store of John Bickford, a merchant 
tailor, with whom, after remaining for a few 
years in a subordinate position, he subse- 
quently formed a copartnership, which con- 
tinued for some time. He then bought his 



]")artner's share in the store and stock, and 
successfully managed the entire business until 
1870. In that year Mr. Trickey, having dis- 
posed of his other interests, bought out the 
coal, wood, and lumber business of Mr. M. D. 
Page, at the same time purchasing an interest 
in the business of Mr. George Avery, a lum- 
berman, teamster, and dealer in hay; and from 
that date until his demise he was most 
profitably engaged in trade. In each depart- 
ment, under his energetic and capable manage- 
ment, growth was soon apparent; and in the 
matter of coal alone the sale was increased 
from si.\ hundred tons each year to the large 
amount of ten thousand tons. 

Mr. Trickey was interested in some of the 
enterprises most likely to advance the com- 
mercial interests of Dover, being the prime 
mover in the establishment of the Dover Navi- 
gation Company and in having the channel of 
the river deepened for the accommodation of 
vessels of a larger draft. In politics he was a 
stanch Republican, but steadily declined all 
offices, even refusing to accept the nomination 
as candidate for the mayorship of this city, 
although earnestly solicited to do so. He was 
not connected by membership with any relig- 
ious organization, but was a regular attendant 
of the First Congregational Church. 

On December 25, 1869, Mr. Trickey mar- 
ried Miss Ada, daughter of ex-Mayor Albert 
Bond, of Dover. Two daughters were the 
fruit of this union, namely: Marion Gertrude, 
wife of the Rev. George Alcott, of Danielson, 
Conn. ; and Lola Maud, now a student at the 
Normal College in Willimantic, Conn. On 
April 28, 1886, Mr. Trickey married Mrs. 
Georgie Hanson, daughter of Charles and 
Abbie A. Boston, of Wells, Me. Of this 
union two children were born, namely: 
Charles Lemuel, December 17, 18S7; and 
Mabel Grace, April 13, 1891. 




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CHARLES H. TRICKEY. 



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At his death Mr. Trickey left a will ap- 
pointing Mrs. Trickey sole executrix of his 
estate, a high proof of the confidence he liad 
in her practical ability and good judgment. 
Although she had neyer had any business ex- 
perience, Mrs. Georgia Trickey, who is a 
bright, active woman, has managed the inter- 
ests left to her care with a sagacity ai)ove 
comment, lier business as a dealer in coal and 
wood comparing favorably with that of any 
firm in the city. 




jIIARLES C. COOK, the proprietor of 
a large farm in Centre Harbor, was 

»if ' born in Moultonboro, N.H., Sep- 
tember 4, 1843, son of Nelson B. and Adeline 
S. (Moulton) Cook. His grandfather, Eben 
Cook, born on Red Hill in the town of Moul- 
tonboro, spent the active period of his life in 
tilling the soil. Eben was a natural mechanic, 
and was able to make any kind of a wooden 
tool or implement used in agriculture. The 
maiden name of his wife was Hannah 
Batchcldcr. 

Nelson B. Cook, Cliarles C. Cook's father, 
was a native of Moultonboro, born November 
14, 1814. He was reared to agricultural life, 
and for some years after coming of age he 
worked as a farm assistant. At the age of 
twenty-seven he took the management of the 
town farm, and carried it on for two years. 
He purchased a farm in his native town, and, 
having erected a house, was engaged in gen- 
eral farming on his own account until about 
the year 1880. He then sold his property, 
and lived in retirement until his death, which 
occurred in July, 1895. His wife, Adeline, 
was a daughter of Thomas Moulton, a native 
of Moultonboro, who after his marriage settled 
in Greensboro, Vt., where the greater part of 
his life was jjassed. Mr. Moulton was a son 



of Benning Moulton, and a grandson of Gen- 
era! Jonathan Moulton, the founder of the 
Moulton family in lielknap County. Mr. and 
Mrs. Nelson B. Cook had three children, 
namely : Charles C. , the subject of this sketch ; 
Samantha P., who married Charles M. McCoy, 
of Littleton, N. H.; and George IC. The 
parents were members of tiic Christian Ba[)tist 
Church. 

Charles C. Cook attended school in his 
native town, and resided at home until he was 
twenty-one. He applied himself to various 
pursuits for a time, and then went to Aurora, 
111. While there he was engaged in railroad- 
ing for nine years, six years of which were 
spent as a locomotive engineer. After a resi- 
dence of eleven years in Illinois he returned 
to his native State. In 1879 he bought a farm 
in Centre Harbor, where he has since resided. 
This property, which originally contained one 
hundred and forty acres, he has increased to 
two hundred and fifty acres, about thirty-five 
of which are under cultivation. He raises 
large crops of hay, corn, and potatoes, and 
keeps twelve heatl of cattle. In politics lie is 
a Democrat, and he takes a prominent part in 
public affairs. He served as a Selectman four 
years, is now serving his tiiird term as Super- 
visor, and he has been Highway Surveyor. 

On August 20, 1873, Mr. Cook married 
Abbie A. Paine, daughter of James M. Paine, 
of Centre Harbor. Mrs. Cook's great-grand- 
father, John Paine, who came here from Rye, 
N.H., and was a resident for the rest of his 
life, lived to be ninety-five years old. Iler 
grandfather, Jonathan Paine, accompanied his 
parents to Centre Harbor when he was twelve 
years old. James M. Paine, Mrs. Cook's 
father, was born I'ebruary 14, 1803, upon tlie 
farm which is now owned by Charles C. Cook. 
He was one of the active farmers of his day 
and a leading spirit in local public affairs. 



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lie scrveil as Representative to the legislature 
tliree or four terms, was a member of the 
]5oarcl of Selectmen about twenty-one years, 
and he was also Town Treasurer, County Com- 
missioner, and County Treasurer. In politics 
he supported the Democratic party. He mar- 
ried for his first wife Sally Towle, daughter 
of Levi Towle, and reared a family of two 
children — Arthur L. and Adtlie A. For his 
second wife he married Mrs. Linda S. (Sen- 
ter) Bailey, daughter of Samuel M. Senter, 
and widow of Dr. William Bailey. Mr. and 
Mrs. Cook have two children — Lillian May 
and James Nelson. Mr. Cook is a member of 
Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M. ; and of Win- 
nepesaukee Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, of 
Meredith. 




LVAH T. RAMSDELL, a leading ar- 
chitect of Dover, who is devoting his 
attention almost exclusively to his 
profession, was born April 15, 1852, in York, 
Me., son of William Ramsdell. The latter, 
who was born in York in 1816, learned the 
carpenter's trade, a'nd worked at it and gen- 
eral farming during the rest of his life, resid- 
ing in the place of his nativity until his tleath, 
which occurred February 6, 1869, at the age 
of fifty-three years. Lie married Phoebe A. 
Boston, who was born in Wells, Me., and is 
now living in South Berwick, Me. She bore 
her husband thirteen children, namely: Susan, 
Josephine, Mary, Clara, Phcebe, Etta, Emily, 
Albert, Alvah T., Alfred, Albion, Stora, and 
an unnamed daughter. The last two died in 
infancy. 

Alvah T. Ramsdell li^-ed lieneath the paren- 
tal roof until eighteeen years of age, attending 
the district schools and assisting in the labors 
incidental to life on a farm. Being endowed 
by nature with a good mechanical talent, he 
then resolved to put it to use. With this pur- 



pose he went to South Berwick, and served an 
apprenticeship of three years with William A. 
Mclntire, a noted contractor, builder, and 
manufacturer of builders' finish. He spent the 
three following years as a journeyman carpen- 
ter in Berwick and vicinity, after which he 
located in Boston as a master mechanic. Here 
he proved himself so thoroughly conversant 
with his business that he was kept continu- 
ousl)' employed by such well-known contrac- 
tors as William McKenzey, Whidden, Hill & 
Co., and B. D. Whitcomb & Co. Under his 
superintendence many of Boston's later struct- 
ures of note, including the Ames and Cyclo- 
rama Buildings, and the Boston Storage Ware- 
house, were completed. During this time, 
mindful of his ambition to perfect himself in 
his art, Mr. Ramsdell began the study of draw- 
ing and architecture at the Boston evening 
schools. In 1889 Mr. Ramsdell opened an 
ofifice in Dover, where he has since built up a 
substantial business, and become prominently 
identified with the political and social life of 
the city. , Some of the most attractive build- 
ings of Dover are alike creditable to him and 
ornamental to the place. 

On April 15, 1877, Mr. Ramsdell was 
united in marriage with Miss Ida F"lorence, 
daughter of John S. and Joanna H. (Brewster) 
Hurd, of Dover. In jiolitics Mr. Ramsdell 
is a decided Republican. He served as Coun- 
cilman from Ward One in 1894 and 1895, and 
in the latter year was President of the Council. 
He was elected Alderman in 1896 and 1897. 
For many years he has been prominent in 
Masonic circles, and has done much to promote 
the good of the order in New Hampshire. He 
belongs to Moses Paul Lodge, F. & A. M., 
of Dover; Belknap Chapter, R. A. M. ; St. 
Paul Commandery, K. T. ; to the Wechohamet 
Lodge, I. O. O. F., of this city; and to the 
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form, K. P., of Dover. In his Masonic lodge 
I\[r. Ranisdcll is Treasurer. He takes a deep 
interest in matters pertaining to tlie moral 
welfare of the community in which he resides, 
is a valued member of the First Parish Con- 
gregational Church, and an earnest worker in 
the Yountr Men's Christian Association. 



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RVII.LK PARKER SMITH, one of 
Centre Harbor's most prosperous 
farmers, was born here, March 31, 
I 86 1, son of Noah and Grace E. W. (Mudgett) 
Smith. The family is of English origin. 
Philip Smith, the great-grandfather of Orville 
P., and a prosperous farmer of New Hampton, 
N. H., married Nancy Jewell, a native of 
Stratham, N. H. He was a son of Benjamin 
Smith, who was a brother of the grandfather 
of Orville P. Smith's grandmother. 

Parker Smith, the grandfather, was born in 
New Hampton, February 7, 1796. When a 
young man he came to Centre Harbor, and at 
the age of twenty-seven bought of the heirs of 
Joseph Cox the farm upon which his son and 
grandson now reside. Parker Smith died at 
the age of about forty years. He married 
Anna Smith, who w-as born in New Hampton, 
September 25, 1800. She descended from the 
same ancestry as her grandson on the paternal 
side. Penjamin Smith was the son of John, 
who was grandson of the first ancestor in 
America ; and Christopher, grandfather of 
Anna, was son of Benjamin. Christopher 
Smith, born October 20, 1736, commanded a 
company in the Revolutionary War, although 
not a commissioned officer. His wife, in 
maidenhood Mary Page, was born March 20, 
1739. Christopher died December 7, 18 14, 
and his wife died March 7, 177S. John 
Smith, father of Anna, born in Hampton, 
N.H., January 25, 1760, also served as a sol- 



dier in the Rcvohitionar)' War, and died July 
17, 1S42. lie wedded Martha Drake, who 
was born August 30, 1767, daughter of Abra- 
ham Drake, and died August 14, 1841. Or- 
ville P. -Smith's grandmother died .Se|itember 
2, 1858. She was the mother of si.\ children, 
namely: John P., Martha A., Mary J., Noah, 
Charlotte, and Charles. Noah Smith, Orville 
1'. .Smith's father, was born in Centre Harbor, 
March 7, 1831. He has always resided at the 
homestead, which he inherited, and where he 
has been actively engaged in general farming. 
He served as a Selectman four years, and is a 
Democrat in |i(ilitics. His wife, (jrace I'",. 
W. (Mudgett) Smith, is a daughter of Levi 
Mudgett, of New Hampton. Orville 1'., the 
subject of this sketch, is their only child. 
Both parents are members of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. 

Orville Parker Smith acquired a common- 
school education, and was reared to agri- 
cultural pursuits. After leaving school he 
began to help on the home farm. He has suc- 
cessfully managed the property for several 
years past. The estate contains si.xty-five 
acres of land, thirty-five of which are used 
for tillage purposes, and are very fertile. 
Large crops of hay, corn, oats, and iiotatocs 
are raised. The pasturage facilities are e.xcel- 
lent, and an average of eighteen head of cattle 
are wintered. 

On May 31, 1S88, Mr. Smith was united in 
marriage with Anna L. Giant, daughter of 
Daniel B. Grant, of Moultonboro. He is 
prominent in the affairs of the town, to which 
he has rendered valuable services. l'"or six 
years he was a member of the Board of Select- 
men. He was on the School Board for eight 
years. He repiescnted this district in the 
legislature in 1892 and 1893. He was Road 
Commissioner for three terms, and he was 
Moderator at town meetings for a number of 



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years. He is connected witli Winncpesankee 
("irange, Patrons of 1 lusbaiulry, in which lie 
takes a deep interest, and is a Past Master. 



fs^AMES M. HAYNES, now living in re- 
tirement at his pleasant home in Dover, 
in his active years followed the callings 
of carpenter, teacher, and merchant. He was 
born September iS, i8ig, in VVolfboro, N.H., 
son of James and Hannah (Lord) Haynes. 
The family is descended from Samuel Haynes, 
who was born in England in i6ii. In 1635 
-Samuel emigrated to this country, settling in 
Portsmouth, N.H., where he was appointed 
Deacon of the First Congregational Church in 
1 67 1, and died in 1686. James Haynes was 
born and reared in Wolfboro, N.H., where he 
afterward worked at the carpenter's trade until 
1845. Removing then to Dover, he here con- 
tinued at his trade until his death, which 
occurred when he was si.xty-eight years of age. 
He married Hannah Lord, who was born in 
Ossipee, N.H., daughter of the Rev. VVent- 
worth Lord, a veteran of the Revolution and 
a noted minister of his day. The latter had 
six brothers, who were also prominent in the 
ministry. Hannah (Lord) Haynes, after sur- 
viving her husband, died October 29, 1S66, at 
the advanced age of eighty-two years. 

James M. Haynes received his education in 
the common schools and at an academy in his 
native town. On attaining his majority he 
came to Dover, where he was employed in 
a carpenter's shop for about five years. 
Throughout the following eight years he was 
employed as teacher in the schools of Berwick 
and Rollinsford in the winter season, while 
in the summer months he worked at farming 
in VVolfboro. Returning to Dover after this, 
he was a clerk in the Union Labor Store for 
nearly five years, obtaining a practical insight 



into the business. Then he opened a grocery 
on his own account, and conducted it for fif- 
teen years with signal success, building up a 
thriving trade, and acquiring an enviable repu- 
tation for his uprightness and accommodating 
disposition. In 1892 he had the misfortune to 
break his leg, and since then has lived retired. 
On November 29, 1849, Mr Haynes mar- 
ried Miss Nancy Matthews, a daughter of 
Francis and Nancy Page Matthews. Mr. Mat- 
thews, who was born in Loudon, N.H., and 
lived there until about fifty years of age, after- 
ward settled in Dover, where he was engaged 
as a stone mason until his death, three years 
later. He was survived by his wife, who was 
born in Hallowell, Me., and lived to the age 
of threescore and three years. Mrs. Haynes 
was born April 5, 1818, during the residence 
of her parents in Gilmantown, Me., and was 
a mere child when they removed to this city, 
where she has since lived. Mr. and Mrs. 
Haynes are the parents of four children, as 
follows: John M., who became a civil engi- 
neer, and, died at the age of twenty-seven 
3'ears ; Charlotte P., who married Edwin J. 
Haynes, and died at the age of thirty-si.x 
years; an unnamed child, who died in infancy; 
Annie, of whom there is no special record; 
and Louise H., a teacher, who has been con- 
nected with the William Penn Charter School 
of Philadelphia, Pa., for the past nine years. 
Politically, Mr. Haynes is a stanch Republi- 
can, and has served his city faithfully in many 
official positions. He made the first enrol- 
ment of the town, was Assessor for three 
years. School Committee man for four years, 
Tax Collector for six years, and an Overseer 
of the Poor for a long period. A Mason in 
good standing, he belongs to Strafford Lodge, 
and Belknap Chapter of Dover. His relig- 
ious convictions find expression as a member 
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N1)R1':W VARNEY, a retired farmer 
residing near Alton village, is a native 
of this town, born August i8, 1819, 
and a son of Doniinicus ant! IV)lly (Jones) Var- 
ney. Thomas Varney, the father of Domini- 
cus, spent his life jHincipally in Rochester, 
N.H., where he followed both fanning anil 
blacksmithing. lie lived to be eighty-three 
years of age, and his wife was ninety or over 
when she died. They had a large family of 
children. Dominicus and Andrew, his brother, 
carried on a farm together at Dover Neck, 
N.H., for a few years. Then Andrew took 
full charge, and Dominicus, who was about 
twenty-five years old, came to Alton. At that 
time the town was only thinly settled, and the 
district in which Dominicus located afterward 
came to be known as the "Varney neighbor- 
hood." 15esides profitably engaging in farm- 
ing, he did teaming for some years. ]3orn in 
1787, he died in 1866, nearly eighty years old. 
His wife, Polly Jones before marriage, was a 
daughter of Vaun Jones, of Portsmouth. They 
had five children — Thomas, John, Andrew, 
Lydia, and Tamson. With the exception of 
L.ydia, all married and had children. Thomas, 
John, and Tamson have passed away. 

Andrew Varney attended the district 
schools of Alton. On finishing his schooling 
he took u]) trading in tin, and was in the busi- 
ness tor five years. He then took up farming, 
and so long as he engaged in active labor was 
faithful to his second choice of an occupation, 
following it successfully until past seventy- 
five years of age. He retired in April, i8g6, 
when he left his farm and came to his present 
home near Alton village. Politically, he 
was a Democrat, but never allowed politics 
to interfere with his business. He served 
three years as Tax Collector. 

On July 27, 1845, Mr. Varney married Miss 
Nancy Watson, daughter of Winthrop Watson. 



Three daughters weie jjorn to them, namely: 
Clara Ann, Marietta, and Clara lunma. The 
mother died March 14, 1896. Clara Ami is 
also tleccased. Marietta is the wife of Chester 
A. Twombley. Clara pjinna taught scho(d 
until her mother's dealli, since which time she 
has kept house for her father. 




IIARLKS WESLEY TASKP:R, one 
)f the first and most prominent den- 
tists in Dover, practises his jirofcs- 
sion in his well-equii)ped and handsomely fur- 
nished rooms in the Masonic Temple, using 
the most improved dental implements. A 
native of Strafford County, he was born Sej)- 
tember 17, 1845, in the town of Rochester, 
where his father, Thomas J. Tasker, was then 
settled. Thomas J. Tasker, who was born and 
reared in Madbury, this county, worked at the 
carpenter's trade in various places during the 
earlier years of his manhood. Afterward he 
turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, 
purchasing a farm in Rochester, where he 
resided until his death, December 4, 1S86, at 
the age of seventy-six years. In iiolitics be 
was a Democrat, but was not active in affairs. 
He married Miss Comfort Bickford, a native 
of Rochester, who survived him but two weeks, 
having died December 19, 1886, in the 
seventy-fourth year of her age. Of their 
union seven sons were born, namely : George 
H., John C. , Charles W., Enoch O. , Thomas 
]., Jr., I'^Ii B., and James V. George II. 
and James !•". are now deceased. George 11., 
who was the eldest son, served in the late war 
with the I'orty-first Massachusetts Infantry 
under General Banks, and tiled of fever at 
Baton Rouge, La. 

Charles Wesley Tasker lived on the home 
farm during his boyhood, attending succes- 
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Franklin Academy in Dm-er. When about 
twenty years old, he began business life as a 
clerk in a boot and shoe store in this city, 
continuing thus employed for three years. 
Having saved some nione\', he then began 
studying with Dr. Murphy, a well-known den- 
tist; and a year later he completed his dental 
education in Boston. Thereupon, returning 
to Dover, Dr. Tasker opened an office here in 
A]iril, i86g. He has since continued in the 
practice of his profession, building up an 
extensive and finely paying patronage, and ac- 
quiring among his regular customers some of 
the leading families of Dover and vicinity. 

On October g, 1869^ Dr. Tasker was mar- 
ried to Miss Maria B. Newcomb, a native of 
Haverhill, Mass., and a daughter of Captain 
Jesse S. Newcomb, who was a sea captain for 
mgny years. Of the three children born to 
Dr. and Mrs. Tasker, two successively named 
Grace, are deceased. The elder died in in- 
fancy', and the second daughter at the age of 
si.x years and si.x months. Madge, the third 
child, is now eleven years old. Both parents 
are members of the First Congregational 
Church. Dr. Tasker is a consistent Republi- 
can; but he has never been an aspirant for 
official hcjnors, the duties of his profession 
denKindinf? his entire time and attention. 




'RANK N. MERRILL, a popular and 
highly respected citizen of Gilmanton, 
which he has served in many positions 
of trust, was born in Boston, Mass., October 
27, 185 1, son of George N. and Mary 
(Sleeper) Merrill. George N. Merrill is a 
native of Brewster, Me., where he learned the 
trade of a shoemaker, and was engaged in that 
occupation until his majority. On coming of 
age, he went to Massachusetts, where he se- 
cured work as an artist. He has now a lucra- 



tive business in that line in Boston. His 
wife, Mary, a daughter of Jonathan -Sleeper, of 
Alton, N. H., has borne him three children — 
P'lora, I{tta, and Frank N. I''lora married 
Frank II. Vittum, of Lake[)ort, and has three 
children. ICtta, who married Ciiarles McCril- 
lis, and resides in Rochester, N. 11., has one 
child. 

Frank N. Merrill attended the public 
schools of Boston for a time. At the age of 
ten years he came to Gilmanton with his par- 
ents, and lived there until he was twenty-one. 
He then went to New York City, and was en- 
gaged as a salesman. Being ambitious to bet- 
ter himself, he attended the evening high 
school in that city for a time. After living 
in New York four years, he came back to Gil- 
manton, bought a moderate-sized farm, and 
applied himself to its management, with the 
hope that the outdoor life would benefit his 
health. He subsequently secured a position 
as teacher in Alton, N. H., his mother's 
native town, and there taught at intervals for 
twenty yc'ars. He is now the instructor in the 
district school of his own neighborhood. Al- 
though so much of his time has been given to 
teaching, he has continued to carry on his 
farm. 

In January, 1875, Mr. Merrill married Clara 
E. Page, daughter of Nathaniel Page, of Gil- 
manton. After completing her education in 
Gilmanton Academy, she followed school teach- 
ing for a few years. She has two daughters — 
F"lorence B. and Ethel M. In politics Mr. 
Merrill is a Republican. In 1895 he was 
elected Ta.\ Collc'.tor, and is now serving his 
second year in that capacity. He was Select- 
man for one year and Supervisor for several 
years. For the past four years he has been a 
member of the School Board, of which he is 
now Chairman. He was elected to these 
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by an almost iinaninious vote, showing the con- 
fidence of the people of Ciilmanton in his 
ability and integrity. He is affiliated with 
Highland Lodge, No. 93, I. O. (). I'". ; and 
witli Crystal Lake (iiange, of Gilnianton. 
lie is a member of the Lake Street Church in 
New York City. 



/ 3)H()RGh: P. MORGAN, M. D., a lead- 
V f5 1 ing representative of the younger 
practitioners of Strafford County, is 
actively engaged in the practice of his profes- 
sion in Dover. He was born June 22, 1861, 
at New Gloucester, Cumberland County, Me., 
being one of a family of three children, two 
sons and a daughter, of Elisha M. and Rosella 
C. (Tucker) Morgan. His father was a farmer 
by occupation ; and he was reared on the 
parental homestead, where he assisted in the 
labors incidental to farm life. After attend- 
ing the district school until eighteen years of 
age, the future Doctor continued his studies at 
the VVestbrook Seminary and Female College, 
Deering, Me., from which he was graduated in 
18S2. The following five years were spent as 
a teacher in the public schools. In the latter 
part of that period he began to read medicine 
with J. I. Sturgis, of New Gloucester. Subse- 
quently, entering Bowdoin College, he was 
graduated from the medical department of that 
institution in 18SS. 

After receiving his diploma Dr. Morgan 
practised for a year in the Maine General Hos- 
pital, where as house surgeon he obtained 
much practical knowledge. In 1889 the Doc- 
tor came to Dover, where his professional 
career has been cjuite successful. During his 
residence in this cit)- Dr. Morgan has iden- 
tified himself with numerous societies. He is 
a member of the Maine Medical Society, the 
Strafford District Medical Society, the New 



Hampshire Surgical Club, the New Hamp- 
shire Medical Society, and the Dover Medical 
-Society. He is also a Mason, Inning alfil ia- 
tion witii Moses I'anl Lodge, ]5elknap Chap- 
ter, Ori)lian Council, St. I'aul Commandery, 
and Dover Consistory of Scottish Rite, thirty- 
second degree Masons. In politics the Doctor 
afifi Hates with the Repujjlican party. Dr. 
Morgan was united in marriage December 22, 
1892, with Miss Madge K. I'llliott, who was 
born in Dover, Me., daughter of Dr. .S. W. 
and Sarah (Holman) Elliott. 




KLWYN liANCROI'T ri':AHODV, 
who was known for many years as 
one of the most ])ul)l ic-spiriteil citi- 
zens of Tilton, N.IL, was l)orn January 15, 
1839, son of Noah and Isabella Walker (Rich- 
ards) Peabody. His great-grandfather, Samuel 
Peabody, who was born September 1, 1741, 
and was a resident of Andover, Mass., married 
Elizabeth Wilkins, of Amherst. He died 
August 6, 1814, and his wife, Jul\- iS, 1836. 
Most of their chiltlren WL-re ijorn in Andover. 
Their son John, born July 15, 1775, was a 
millwright, carpenter, and cabinet-maker, and 
lived in New Boston. He married Mary Holt, 
and died Jime i, 1832. Of his children 
John, Samuel, and Sargon were farmers, 
Jacob was a brickmaker, James and William 
were blacksmiths, I'lzekiel and Noah hatters, 
and Joseph a merchant. 

Noah Peabody, son of John and Mary (Holt) 
Peabody, was born September 4, iSio. He 
married Isabella Walker Richards, December 
g, 1834, and in 1S42 removed from Sutton, 
N.H., to Sanbornton Bridge (now Tilton), 
where he opened a iiatter's siioj^. He after- 
ward engaged in mercantile business, in which 
he continued for eighteen years with moderate 
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aiu! cntcrctl tlic counting-room of Alexander 
H. 'I'ilton, became familiar with the manu- 
facture of woollen gooiis, and took the position 
of finisher. He remained there for many 
years, and finally was given the principal 
care of the large business of the Tilton 
Mills. lie was a member of the Congre- 
gational church, and highly esteemed as a 
citizen and Christian. He died September 
II, 1876, leaving the following children: 
Sehvyn 15ancroft, the date of whose birth is 
given above; James Van Ness, born October 
13, 1841 ; and Georgianna Isabel le, born 
November 15, 1843, who married David F. 
Cheney, formerly of Franklin, N.H., now of 
Lawrence, Mass. The second son succeeded 
his father as a finisher in the Tilton Mills. 
He married Susan Mary Rand, January i, 
1865, and resides in Northfield. Their only 
child was born February 25, 1871, and named 
Leon Bancroft. 

Sehvyn B. Peabody, the eldest son and the 
subject of this sketch, removed with his 
parents to Sanbornton Bridge when three years 
of age. He prepared for college at the New 
Hampshire Conference Seminary and Female 
College, and during this course of study he 
began to look upon the medical profession as 
the one of his choice. At its close he entered 
the office of Dr. Lyford at the "Bridge"; but 
after remaining there a short time he went to 
Lawrence, Mass., where Dr. Sayfcrth became 
his preceptor. He subsequently taught school 
at Sanbornton Bridge, now called Tilton, 
N.H., also at Northfield, and at Bellaire, 
(Jhio. At the outbreak of the Southern Re- 
bellion he enlisted in the Fortieth Massachu- 
setts Volunteer Regiment, in which he served 
until the end of the war, taking part in many 
engagements, among them notably the siege of 
Suffolk; Baltimore Cross-roads, Va. ; siege 
of Fort Wagner, S.C. ; Ten Mile Run 



and Barber's Ford, 1^'la. ; Drewry's Bluff, 
Petersburg Heights, and the siege of Peters- 
burg, Bermuda Hundred, Fair Oaks, and the 
ca]:)ture of Richmond. He was wounded 
before Petersburg. Fioni his knowledge of 
medicine he became very efficient in the med- 
ical department of the army, and was on de- 
tached duty a portion of the time. Pfe was in 
the Dispensary of Jarvis Hospital, Baltimore, 
and in the office of Provost Marshal at Gov- 
ernor's Lsland. 

On his return to the North Mr. Peabody 
entered the drug store of Burleigh Brothers, of 
Boston, where he received a serious injury by 
falling through an open hatchway, from which 
he was a long time recovering. In iS6g, his 
health having been somewhat delicate since 
the accident, he went into Tilton's Woollen 
Mill. Here he learned the business in all its 
branches; and shortly after the death of the 
proprietor, in 1878, he was invited to become 
associated with the widow of Mr. Tilton in its 
management. In 1886 Mr. Peabody became 
the sole .proprietor, and it was at his mill that 
the celebrated Tilton tweeds were made. In 
addition to these tweeds he also introduced 
certain styles of cassimeres, which have 
become staple in the general market. In the 
year 1880 he built a fine residence for himself 
adjoining the old Tilton place, on a gentle 
slope overlooking the mill in which he won 
his large financial success. 

On February 7, 1867, he married Elizabeth 
S., daughter of Darius M. and P21izabeth Rich- 
ards, of New Bedford, Mass. They had three 
children: Leon Bancroft, born December 17, 
1867, who died March 22, 186S; an infant 
daughter born June 7, iS6g; and Isabella 
Weston, born December 18, 1871. Mr.' Pea- 
body died June 25, 1889. 

Before his death he had united with Pills- 
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double the'ir manufacturing capacity. His 
individual enterprises were always pushed 
with vim and energy, and great results were 
effected in short periods of time. He erected 
some thirty neat commodious tenements, giv- 
ing excellent accommodation to his own oper- 
atives as well as providing homes for others. 
I^'ew men were more liberal than he in con- 
tributing toward improvements of a public 
character, and his private charities were more 
numerous and more extensive than those of 
many a richer man. No sufferer or suffering 
came to his knowledge without tender of 
relief. Courteous and pleasant in his bearing 
and address, and generous to a fault, he was 
at all times animated by noble and generous 
instincts. His death was an inestimable loss 
to his town. 

In politics a Democrat, he represented his 
town in the legislature, served as Town Clerk, 
and was on the Board of Education. He was 
a Director of the Citizens' National Bank. 
He was a member of the Doric Lodge, F. & 
A. M., Tilton, of which he was Past Master; 
also of St. Omer Chapter of Franklin, Pythago- 
rean Council of Laconia, and Mount Horeb 
Commandery of Concord. That he was well 
beloved by his fellow-members was testified to 
by A. S. Ballantyne, who on the 25th of Sep- 
tember, 1889, delivered a eulogy to his mem- 
ory at the Lodge of Sorrow, in which he paid 
a glowing tribute to him as a business man, 
friend, and citizen. He was an attendant of 
the Congregational church, where he shared 
largely the financial responsibilities of the 
society. A devoted husband and father, in 
business he was one of the most honest and 
considerate of men; and in every relation in 
life his influence was for good. His memory 
is cherished in the hearts of all who have been 
made better and happier by their contact with 
his genial and inspiring personality. 




AJOR JOSKPII S. ABBOTT, a 
representative business man of 
Dover, and one of its most promi- 
nent and popular citizens, was born March 12, 
I1S30, in Saccarappa, Cumberland County, 
Me., where his father, the late Moses Abbott, 
was then engaged in general agriculture. 
Moses Abbott, who was born and reared in 
Shapleigh, York County, Me., lived in differ- 
ent places, being employed in farming a por- 
tion of the time, ant! for some )'ears in ship- 
yards. In 1855 he located in Dover, where he 
afterward resided until his death, when about 
fifty-eight years old. He married Miss Lottie 
Sanborn, of Waterboro, Me., and they became 
the parents of eight children, namely: Ursula, 
Charles, Moses, Abby, and Lottie, who are de- 
ceased; Joseph S., the subject of this sketch; 
and Sarah and Anna, who arc living. 

Joseph S. Abbott was educated in tlie 
schools of Waterboro and Kennebunk, Me., 
remaining an inmate of the parental househoiil 
until early manhood, when he began his active 
business career. Coming to Dover in Sep- 
tember, 1849, he secured a position in an oil- 
cloth carpet mill, in which he labored faith- 
fully for seven years and eight months, 
receiving at first but scant remuneration. 
Putting into practice the lessons of economy he 
had learned in childhood, Mr. Abbott saved a 
goodly portion of his wages. After leaving 
the mill he purchased a pair of horses antl a 
wagon, and established his jjresent teaming 
business. From the beginning he met with 
prosperity, and was each successive season 
obliged to add to his equipments. He has 
now plenty of work in this city alone for 
twenty-two horses, his ice business alone, 
which is one of the most extensive in the 
place, requiring several teams. Some years 
ago, with characteristic forethought, he pur- 
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i-uuiily, and has since ()[)cratcd it most succ;jss- 
tiiUy, keeping ten men busily employed in the 
quarry and about the same number engaged 
in hauling the stone. Me has furnished the 
foundation stone for the City Hall, the 
Masonic Temple, and other prominent build- 
ings of Dover, including several of its large 
business houses and blocks. In 1865, near the 
end of the Civil War, Mr. Abbott, who was a 
Sergeant in the Strafford Guards, was sent with 
his company to Fort Constitution, where he 
remained until the cessation of hostilities. 
Afterward, continuing a member of the State 
militia, he was promoted to the rank of Major; 
but he was subsequently obliged to resign on 
account of his rapidly increasing business. 
Major Abbott subsequently accepted a com- 
mission in the Patriarch Militants, and for 
four years served as Colonel of the regiment. 
On May 14, 1891, the organization manifested 
its esteem for him by presenting him with a 
valuable watch and chain, which he prizes 
highly. 

Major Abbott married Miss Delia Brownell, 
daughter of William and Lydia Brownell, of 
this city. Of their seven children, five are 
deceased. The survivors are: Belle, the wife 
of William K. Vickery, living in Lewiston, 
Me. ; and Samuel B., who is engaged in busi- 
ness with his father. In his political affilia- 
tions Major Abbott is a Republican, and he 
has been active in local affairs. For six- 
teen years he was connected with the police 
force, serving in the various grades from 
private to city marshal. He has often been 
urged to accept other important positions in 
the city government, but he has declined all 
nominations for the same. He is a member 
in high standing of Mount Pleasant Lodge, 
I. O. O. F., and the encampment, I. O. O. F. ; 
of Olive Branch Lodge, No. 6, K. of P. ; of 
Wanalancet Tribe, No. 7, I. O. R. M. ; and 



of Sawyer Post, G. A. R. He is not a mem- 
ber of any church, but he ctintributes gener- 
ously to the supjiort of religious worship. 



rwTo 



EORGE H. HAWLEY, M.D., now 
\pl the only practising physician in 
Barnstead, was born in Bath, Me., 
P'ebruary 26, 1858, son of George and Eliza- 
beth (F"arrin) Hawley. George Hawley, who 
was for many years engaged in/the ship-build- 
ing business at Bath, but has lived retired 
since 1893, is now in his seventy-third year. 
Active in local affairs, he has been a promi- 
nent man. He is a member of the Congrega- 
tional church. Elizabeth, his wife, is a 
daughter of Lazarus Farrin, a large and suc- 
cessful farmer in West Bath. She bore him 
eight children; namely, Clara, James W., 
Emma, George H., Greenleaf, Edward, John, 
and Annie. Annie died in infancy; Clara is 
the wife of Fred Klippel, a clothing dealer of 
Bath, Me.; James W. , who is married, and 
makes bis home in New Haven, Conn., is a 
sea captain; Emma is the wife of Charles G. 
Pratt, who was formerly in the dry-goods busi- 
ness in Woonsocket, R.I.; Greenleaf is a sea 
captain, and lives in New York City; Edward, 
who died in 1895, received the degree of Doc- 
tor of Medicine from Bowdoin Medical Col- 
lege, and was a practising physician in Chi- 
cago, 111. ; John follows the wood and lumber 
business in Barnstead, N.H. 

George H. Hawley first attended the public 
schools of Bath, Me. Afterward he took a 
course at the Bowdoin Medical School, Bruns- 
wick, Me., and there received the degree of 
Doctor of Medicine. He began the practice 
of his profession at Milton Mills, N.H., where 
he remained for a year. From there, in 1878, 
he came as a stranger to Barnsteail, which 
then had other physicians. Since then his 



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skill and fidelity to duty have won the confi- 
dence of the people, and iiis geniality, ready 
wit, and sympathy, their friendship; and he 
has succeetled in buildini;' up a lucrative prac- 
tice. In the brief leisure which the demands 
of his profession have left, Dr. Hawley is oc- 
casionally heard playing the violin, banjo, or 
piano, which are his favorite musical instru- 
ments. He is a member of the Barnstead 
orchestra. In political affiliation he is a 
Democrat, and in 1SS5 and 1S86 he repre- 
sented Barnstead in the New Hampshire 
legislature. He belongs to the Masonic 
order, and is a member of Corinthian Lodge 
in Pittsfield, and St. Paul Commandery, 
K. T., of Dover. 

In December, 1880, Dr. Hawley and Miss 
Carrie E. Young were united in mar-riage. 
She was a daughter of George Young, who 
died in Georgia during the war of the Rebell- 
ion, going out with the Second Massachusetts 
Heavy Artillery. By her mother, Sarah A. 
(Bickford) Young, she was a descendant of 
one of the first settlers of this town. Mrs. 
Hawley attended the Salem Normal School, 
after which she studied instrumental music in 
Concord, N.II., and then gave piano lessons 
until some time after her marriage. For a 
number of years she was the organist of the 
Congregational church in Centre Barnstead. 
She died April 7, 1S97. 



(JONATHAN JKNKINS is well known 
in the town of Madbury, Strafford 
C(Huity, as one of its most able and 
prosperous agriculturists. He was born Octo- 
ber 2, 1824, on the farm where he now resides, 
son of Ephraim Jenkins, and the grandson of 
the late Jonathan Jenkins. The latter, who 
bought the most of this property many years 
ago, spent the remainder of his life upon it, 



dying in 1830, aged scventy-si.\ years. His 
wile, whose maiden name was Mercy Varney, 
survived him fifteen years, dying in 1845, aged 
eighty-nine years. Their bodies were inlerretl 
in the family cemetery on an adjoining farm, 
which was occupied many years by ancestors 
of the family, and is still held in the name. 

Iqihraim Jenkins, who was a farmer, spent 
all his active years on the homestead, a large 
part of which he assisted in redeeming from 
the wilderness. He toiled with unremitting 
diligence, and in course of time fields of grain 
took the places previously covered with trees. 
Here he and his good wife passed their declin- 
ing years. He died April 23, 1857, aged 
seventy-seven years; and she, June 5, 1859, 
aged seventy-two. They were the parents of 
seven children; namely, Caroline, Mary A., 
Hannah J., Sarah, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and 
Ephraim. Of these, Jonathan is the only sur- 
vivor. Mary Ann, who had survived her hus- 
band, the late Isaac M. Nute, of Dover, dieil 
January 6, 1897. 

Jonathan Jenkins acquired his early educa- 
tion in the district schools and at the Durham 
Academy. Having received from his parents 
a practical training in agriculture, he became 
a farmer from choice. After the death of his 
father he and his brother Ephraim owned the 
farm together for a time, managing it in part- 
nership. In 1863 he bought the interest of 
Ephraim in the homestead property, and has 
since been successfully engaged as a general 
farmer, lumberman, and stock-raiser. The 
farm, containing one hundred and fifty acres 
of land, has been much improved by Mr. 
Jenkins. It is equipped with the neetled 
machinery and implements. Its buildings are 
in good repair, and the estate gives every- 
where unmistakable indications of the skill 
antl industry of its proprietor. 

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his first marriage, whicli was contracted De- 
cember 22, 1859, he was wedded to Miss 
Martha Emery. She died September 17, 
1874, having borne him four children. Of 
the.se, Melvin \V. died January 20, 1864; and 
Ehiicr C. , on September 7, 1874. Horace W. 
and Herbert T. are still living. His second 
wife, whose maiden name was Miss Ellen F. 
Jenness, died January 25, 1895, leaving no 
issue. In politics Mr. Jenkins is a sound Re- 
publican, and he has taken an active interest 
in public matters. Besides serving as Select- 
man of the town in 1879 and 1880, he repre- 
sented Madbury very acceptably in the State 
legislature in 1881. 




ALTER JOSEPH EDGERLY, an 

enterprising and successful young 
business man of Gilmanton, was 
born here September 23, 1868, son of George 
W. and Angeline V. (Smith) Edgerly. The 
father owned a large farm, and was engaged in 
carrying it on until his death. At one time 
he made a specialty of stock-raising, and 
owned some of the fastest horses in the State. 
His wife, who is a daughter of Augustus 
Smith, a shoemaker, had two sons — Frank 
and Walter J. Frank died at the age of two 
years. The father died in 1873. He was a 
member of the Free Baptist church. 

When his father died Walter Joseph Edgerly 
was but five years old. After finishing his 
education, which was acquired in the district 
school, with a few hundred dollars as capital 
he opened a grocery store in Gilmanton. 
Managing wisely, business increased; and he 
was encouraged to extend his operations by 
purchasing grain in carload lots. This vent- 
ure proved so successful that it now demands 
more attention than the grocery business. In 
1894 he opened a livery business, with E. 



Marsh as partner. In April, 1895, he took 
Mr. Marsh into partnership in the grocery 
business. Another enterprise conducted by 
him is a cider-mill, fitted up with the latest 
improved machinery, and capable of giving 
between thirty and thirty-five hundred gallons 
per day. He was also instrumental in the 
formation of the Granite State Soap and Fer- 
tilizing Company, incorporated in this State 
in October, 1896, chiefly for the manufacture 
of washing powder. According to testimo- 
nials already received from merchants who 
have handled it, this article promises to be 
come very popular. Since he attained his legal 
majority, Mr. Edgerly has been accepted as 
bondsman on different occasions for prominent 
town ofificials. With all his business he finds 
time to interest himself in his mother's farm, 
which contains about two hundred and fifty 
acres, and in 1895 yielded a thousand bushels 
of potatoes. Her home is filled with boarders 
during the summer months of the year. 

In 1894 Mr. Edgerly married Miss Anna 
Cogswell, a graduate of Gilmanton Academy, 
and a daughter of the Hon. Thomas Cogswell, 
Pension Agent for the State of New Hamp- 
shire. In 1893 Mr. Edgerly was appointed 
Postmaster of Gilmanton by President Cleve- 
land. Although actively interested in poli- 
tics, he is not an office-seeker. He is a mem- 
ber of Crystal Lake Grange, No. 10 1. 



/STeORGE S. CAVERNO, an extensive 
V fs I and energetic farmer, dairy man, and 
stock-raiser of Durham, was born in 
the town of Strafford, this county, July i, 
1842. His father, George W. Caverno, was 
a lifelong resident of Strafford, where he was 
numbered among its most esteemed citizens. 
The Caverno family, which is of Scotch-Irish 
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industry, and thrift. Its first representative 
in this part of New England was one Arthur 
Caverno, who located on the old family home- 
stead in Strafford between the years 1735 and 
1740. This property descended in direct line 
to George W. Caverno. The latter married 
Mary Hayes, ami by her became the father of 
George S. and Jonathan Caverno. 

George S. Caverno completed his education 
in the academies of Strafford and New Hamp- 
ton. When seventeen years old, being still a 
stuilent, he engaged in teaching, and subse- 
quently followed it for five or more years. In 
1867, striking out for himself in an entirely 
new direction, Mr. Caverno went West, as far 
as Junction River, Kansas, where he succeeded 
in establishing a good business in stock deal- 
ing, in which he continued until 1874. Re- 
turning then to the place of his birth, he had 
charge of the old home farm for some years. 
In 1886 he came to Durham; and, purchasing 
the one hundreil and twenty-eight acres of land 
contained in his present farm, he at once 
settled on it, and has since been counted 
among the foremost agriculturists of the com- 
munity. His farm is well furnished and 
stocked; and he carries on general husbandry, 
dairying, and stock-growing, with much profit. 

Mr. Caverno was united in marriage Janu- 
ary 30, 1866, with Miss Ida S. Hanson, a 
daughter of Horatio G. and Irene Hanson, of 
Dover. The only child born to Mr. and Mrs. 
Caverno died in youth. During his brief resi- 
dence in this locality Mr. Caverno has iden- 
tified himself with the best interests of the 
place. He is a Justice of the Peace, and has 
served as Selectman of Durham, having been 
elected on the Republican ticket, which he 
invariably supports from principle. He is not 
a member of any religious organization, but 
contributes generously toward the support of 
public worship. 



'^^^)|ALDO CHASK VARNEY, mer- 
XXpV^ chant in Alton, was born in tliat 
town, July 29, 1871, son of Allen 
and ICsthcr (Chase) Varney. His great- 
grandfather, Thomas Varney, came to Alton 
from Rochester, N.II., and was a tailor by 
trade. The children of Thomas were: I'ris- 
cilla, Ira, Paul, Martha, Joshua A., and Jona- 
than. Of these children, Martha, born Octo- 
ber ig, 1800, was married to Dr. Thomas 
Shannon, of Moultonboro, N.II. Dr. Shan- 
non, who was a graduate of Dartmouth Col- 
lege and a successful physician of high stand- 
ing, died in the eighty-first year of his age. 
Mrs. Shannon still survives him, being at the 
present time nincty-si.v years of age, remark- 
ably well preserved, with her memory still 
good and mind very clear. Quite active for 
one of her age, she attended camp-meeting in 
the summer of 1891 ; and at the centennial 
celebration of Alton in 1896 she was a promi- 
nent figure. Paul Varney, the grandfather of 
the subject of this sketch, married I'olly 
Chamberlain, daughter of Captain Jacob 
Chamberlain. They had five children — 
Allen, Paul, Lavona, Emma, and Andrew. 
Of these children Allen married for his first 
wife a Miss Perkins. His second wife was 
I^sther (Chase) Varney, daughter of Greenleaf 
Chase. By the second marriage he had two 
children — Frank A. and Waldo C. l-"rank 
has married Carrie A. Lang. 

Waldo Chase Varney, tiie subject of this 
sketch, attended the public schools in Alton, 
and later Phillips E.xeter Academy for a period 
of three years. After returning to his home 
he entered the employ of John Collins, a shoe 
manufacturer. He was a member of the firm 
Demerritt & Varney Brothers, who started in 
business December 10, 1S96. They keep a 
large stock of general merchandise in a store 
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accommodation; and their outlook is very 
favorable. Mr. Varney has been Town Clerk 
for two years. He has also been one of the 
foremost workers in the interest of the new 
town library, is at present one of its Trustees, 
and also acts as librarian at certain times, 
without remuneration. In politics Mr. Var- 
nc)- is a Republican, and he has constantly 
voted with his party. lie is the Secretary of 
the Republican Club of Alton. Of a genial 
character and public-spirited to a high degree, 
he is one of Alton's most popular young men. 




RRY HILLS STACKPOLE, M.D., 
skilful physician of Dover, was born 
in his present home, August 30, 
1852. His father, the venerable Dr. Paul A. 
Stackpole, who has been numbered among the 
leading citizens of Dover for more than half 
a century, married Miss Elizabeth G. Hills, of 
Haverhill, who died in early life, leaving 
three children. A more extended account 
of the life of Dr. Paul A. Stackpole, to be 
found on another page, will have interest for 
many readers. 

Having received his preliminary education 
in the common schools of his native cit}', 
Harry H. Stackpole completed a special 
course of study at the Dover High School 
when seventeen years of age. With a view of 
becoming familiar with the drug trade, he 
afterward became a clerk in the drug store of 
William H. Vickery. A few years later he 
went to Charlestown, Mass. Subsequently, 
from 1872 to 1876, he was Assistant Post- 
master of Everett, Mass., where he also con- 
ducted a drug store. Following this he suc- 
ceeded Toppan & Co. in their express business 
between Dover and Boston, and managed it for 
a brief period. In 1876 he was special cor- 
respondent for the Globe Associated Press at 



the Centennial ICxposition in Philadel[)hia. 
Disposing of his express interest to Jackson & 
Co. in the latter part of 1877, he established 
himself in the drug trade in East Cambridge, 
Mass., and carried it on for several years. 
For some time after this he was engaged in 
managing business for other druggists in and 
around Boston. In July, 1886, he was ad- 
mitted to the medical department of Dart- 
mouth College, from which he graduated in 
the fall of 1887. Having received his degree, 
Dr. Stackpole returned to his home in Dover 
to enter ujion the practice of his profession, 
and has since made this his abiding-place. In 
1889 he went abroad and further qualified him- 
self for his profession by courses of study and 
clinical experience in the principal hospitals 
of Vienna, Berlin, Paris, and London. Since 
his return in the fall of 1890 the Doctor has 
continued his professional duties with renewed 
zeal, and built up a good practice, in a large 
measure relieving his father from his severe 
labors. 

While an uncompromising Democrat and 
active and influential in local affairs. Dr. 
Stackpole has never been an aspirant for polit- 
ical honors. He is a member of Putnam 
Lodge, F. & A. M., of East Cambridge, 
Mass. ; of New England Lodge, No. 4, and 
N. E. Encampment, No. 34, I. O. O. F. , of 
the same place; and of Prescott Camp, No. 7, 
I. O. O. F., of Charlestown, Mass. In 1878 
he was united in marriage to Lizzie A. Mc- 
Daniel, daughter of Dr. David and Almira C. 
McDaniel. They have one child, Charlotte 
Elizabeth, born in October, 1878. 




ILLIAM TRUE CASS, the Presi- 
dent of the Citizens' National Bank 
and Treasurer of the lona .Savings 
Bank of Tilton, was born in Andover, N. H., 




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I"'cliiiiary 7, 1826, son of Iknjamin and Sarah 
(True) Cass. His great-grandfather was 
Nason Cass. The grandfather, Chandler Cass, 
a native of J'.pping, was a prosperous fanner 
and carpenter of Andover for the greater part 
of his life. lien jam in Cass, father of William 
T., was born in Andover in 1789. He grew 
to manhood as a farmer; and in 1833 he 
settled in Plymouth, N.H., where he tilled the 
soil until 1853. He then removed to that part 
of Sanbornton that is now the town of Tilton; 
and, purchasing a good farm, he occupied it 
for the rest of his life. He died in 1S66. In 
politics he was a Democrat. His wife, Sarah, 
who was a daughter of William True, of An- 
dover, reared four of her children, namely: 
Hannah, who married Jason C. Draper, of 
Plymouth; Penjaniin F. , a resident of Tilton; 
William T., the subject of this sketch; and 
Sarah H., who is now Mrs. Reuben J?. Locke, 
of Tilton. The parents were members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. 

William True Cass began his education in 
the public schools, and his studies were com- 
pleted at Holmes Academy in Plymouth. 
Upon reaching manhood he adopted agriculture 
with the intention of following it through life, 
and was engaged in that occupation for some 
time. He subsequently decided to accept the 
position of Cashier of the Citizens' Bank oi 
Tilton, and relinquished farming to enter upon 
his new duties in January, 1856. This bank 
was reorganized, and became the Citizens' 
National Bank in 1865; and he continued as 
its Cashier until elected President in 1889. 
The lona Savings Bank was chartered in 1870, 
with Mr. Cass as Treasurer, which office he 
still holds. In politics he was originally a 
Democrat, but since the breaking out of the 
Civil War he has been a Republican. He 
served as Moderator at town meetings in San- 
bornton for three years and in Tilton for five 



years, and he was Town 'I'reasurer of Tilton 
for two years. 

On September 18, 1851, Mr. Cass was 
united in marriage with Mary l']mcr\' Locke, 
born in 1830, daughter of Samuel B. Locke, of 
Concord. Of their four children, two lived to 
maturit)', namely — Mary Addie and Arthur T. 
Mary Addie, born March 5, 1863, is the wife 
of Abel W. Reynolds, of Somcrville, Mass. 
Arthur T. Cass, who was born April 9, 1865, 
fitted for college at the New Hampshire Con- 
ference Seminary, but did not take a collegiate 
course, preferring to enter the banking busi- 
ness at once. He has practically grown uj) in 
that business, as he began to make entries 
when fourteen years old; and he succeeded his 
father as Cashier of the Citizens' National 
bank in 1889. On May 16, 1894, he wedded 
Mary W. Packard, daughter of Liberty D. 
Packard, M. D., of South Boston, Mass., and 
has one son — Kingman Packard, born April i, 
1895. Arthur T. Cass is connected with 
Doric Lodge, No. 78, F. & A. M., and in 
politics acts with the Reiniblican party. The 
entire family are members of the Methodist 
FLpiscopal church ; and William T. Cass was 
formerly President of the Board of Trustees, 
and has been a class leader for forty years. 
Mr. Cass has also been a Trustee of New 
Hampshire Conference Seminary and l''emale 
College for over twenty-five years, and was 
Treasurer of the institution for seventeen 
years. 



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-j^ARD B. PLUMMER, a prominent 
resident of Milton, N. II., and ex- 
Sheriff of Strafford County, was 
born in the house he now owns and occupies, 
June 18, 1846, son of ImiocIi W. and Orinila 
(Ayers) Plummer. The Plummer homestead 
was cleared by his great-grandfather. Bard 
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N.ll. Hard I'luninier, Jr., grandfather of 
]5arcl B. , next cultivated the farm: and after 
his death ills son, ImiocIi VV., inherited the 
property. 

Enoch W. rhnnmer was an able farmer and 
one of the leading residents of Milton in his 
day, serving as Representative to the legis- 
lature. In his latter years he supported the Re- 
publican party in politics. Me was a Congre- 
gational ist in religion, and served as a Deacon 
of that church for forty years. For several 
years he held a Colonel's commission in the 
old State militia. He died in 1896, aged 
eighty-one years. He and his wife, Orinda 
Ayers, who is a native of Wakefield, N. H., 
became the parents of seven children, four of 
whom are living, namely: Mary B., wife of 
S. VV. VVallingford; Sarah, wife of the Rev. 
F. Haley; P'anny W., wife of Dr. J. H. Twom- 
bly, of Milton; and Bard B., the subject of 
this sketch. 

Bard B. Plummer, after leaving the common 
schools, attended the Wakefield Academy and 
the Maine State College. When his educa- 
tion was completed he returned to the home- 
stead, and he has since given his attention to 
general farming. He owns five hundred acres 
of excellent land, which is desirably located; 
and he makes it a point to avail himself of 
modern improvements in the practice of agri- 
culture. As an active supporter of the Repub- 
lican party he has figured conspicuously in 
public affairs. For five years he was a mem- 
ber of the School Board. He was High 
Sheriff of Strafford County from 1892 to 1894, 
during which time he had charge of the county 
jail in Dover, and was appointed Deputy 
Sheriff by his successor, James E. Hayes. 
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of 
the Nute High School of Milton. 

Mr. Plummer married Eliza D. Wentworth, 
daughter of John J. Wentworth, of Jamaica 



I'lain, Mass. They have four children, 
namely: Lucia C; Fanny W. ; Hard 1?., who 
is attending Durham College; and Orinda. 

In Masonry Mr. Plummer is well advanced, 
being a Past Master of Unity Lodge, I"". & 
A. M., of Union, N.H., of which he was Sec- 
retary for nineteen years; a member of Colum- 
bia Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Farming- 
ton, N. H.; and of St. Paul Commandory, 
Knights Templar, of Dover. He is also Past 
Dictator of Love Lodge, Knights of Honor, of 
Union. He is a member of the Congrega- 
tional church, and succeeded his father as a 
Deacon. 




REN NASON ROBERTS, Supervisor 
of Roads, Meredith, was born in this 
town, April 16, 1838, son of Thomas 
and Nancy C. (Wiggin) Roberts. His grand- 
father, Leavitt Roberts, who was probably a 
native of Meredith, passed the active period of 
his life in this town, occupied in general 
farming. 

Thomas Roberts was born in Meredith, 
September 11, 1812. After leaving school 
he went to Ouincy, Mass., where he was em- 
ployed in the stone quarries for several sum- 
mers. He then worked as a farm assistant 
until after his marriage, when he bought a 
piece of agricultural property in Meredith, 
was engaged in its cultivation for the rest of 
his life, and died December 3, 1S86. He 
voted with the Democratic party, but was not 
active in political affairs. His wife, Nancy, 
was a daughter of Winthrop Wiggin, who was 
a prosperous farmer and a lifelong resident of 
Meredith. Winthrop Wiggin, a well-known 
man, and conversant with the current topics of 
the day, was a Democrat in politics. He 
married Hannah Cate, and had a family of 
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became the mother of four children, as fol- 
lows: Oren N. , the subject of this sketch; 
George Smith Roberts, who resides in Chi- 
cago; libcn r'isk, a resident of Meclford, 
Mass. ; and I'rank, who lives in Meredith. 
Both jiarents were Second Adventists. 

(Iren Na.son Roberts acquired a public- 
school education, and then went to ]>righton, 
Mass., for the purpose of learning the butch- 
ering business. After remaining there eight 
years, he spent the succeeding si.\ years in 
Medford, Dan\'ers, and 15oston, Mass. Upon 
his return to Meredith he became associated 
with his brother George, and Simeon Wad- 
leigh, in the manufacture of ploughs, under 
the firm name of the Wadlcigh Plough Com- 
pany, a connection that lasted four years. In 
1S74 he bought his present farm of si.xty 
acres, which he has since cultivated. For 
several years past he has been Supervisor of 
Roads. He was supervisor of the check list 
fur two years, and served with ability for the 
same length of time as a member of the Board 
of Selectmen. In politics he is a Democrat. 

On May 29, 1864, Mr. Roberts wedded 
Julia Ann Smith, daughter of Clark Smith, of 
Brighton, Mass., and now has five children. 
These are: Fred S., a resident of Laconia; 
lunma N., the wife of Wilbur \V. Ballard, of 
Meredith; Charles N., of this town; Harry 
F., who resides in Allston, Mass. ; and Bertie 
C. Mr. Roberts is connected with Winnejie- 
saukee Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He 
and Mrs. Roberts are members of the Baptist 
church, and for several years he has acted as 
the clerk of the society. 



fAMES CORSON, a practical and i.ro- 
gressive agriculturist of East Roches- 
ter, was born February 15, 1S45, in 
Ward One of this township, son of Michael E. 



Corson, and grandson of Joseph Corson, who 
was the founder of the family in this locality. 
Michael E. Corson was born in Rochester in 
i.So<S, and here spent his fourscore years of life, 
dying in 18.S.S. lie was a farmer by occupa- 
tion, and did his siiare in clearing the land. 
He married Mary Butler, who was born and 
reared in Berwick, Me. She bore him four 
children, namely: John, of Haverhill, Mass.; 
Hiram, of Rollinsford, this county; James, 
the subject of this sketch ; and Nalumi, of 
Rochester, N. H. 

James Corson was reared to man's estate on 
the home farm, in the winter season being a 
regular attendant of the district school. He 
labored on the farm during seed time and 
harvest throughout his boyhood. On reaching 
man's estate he embarked in business on his 
own account, establishing himself as a general 
farmer and lumberman. I'rom time to time 
he made judicious investments in land, and is 
now the possessor of eight hundred acres, 
lying in Strafford County. He is engaged 
to some extent in stock-raising, having now 
about forty head of cattle; and he makes a 
specialty of hay, of which he cuts about one 
hundred tons annually. In politics he is an 
active supporter of tlie Republican party, witii 
which he has always been identified. P'or two 
years he served as Selectman, and for a num- 
ber of terms he was Surveyor of Rochester. 

Mr. Corson was married March 3, 1S77, 
to Mary E. Curtis, daughter of Cyrus K. Cur- 
tis, of Rochester. Mr. and Mrs. Carson have 
seven children, five of whom are living. 
These are: FVeeman, born Januar)- 3, 1878, a 
student at Dartmouth College; lulna, l)orn 
May 31, 1880; Grace, born August 15, 1886; 
Nellie W., born April 2, 188S; and IkMtha 
L. , born January 24, 1893. Woodbury died 
October 6, 1 885, and Lilla May died Decem- 
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tlic ]5a])tisl church at East Roclicstcr, and con- 
tril)iitc lihcrall)' toward its suppoit. 



/ ^TkORGE ANDREW lillLHRICK, 
\ f5) I the proprietor of tlic I'hilbrick 
House, East Tiltoii, was born in this 
town, December 17, 1850, son of Andrew and 
Ruth II. (Philbrick) Philbrick. The Phil- 
bricks are descendants of Thomas and Eliza- 
betli Piiillirick, natives of Lancashire, Eng- 
land, who emigrated with their children to 
Naumkeag (Salem, Mass). This family after- 
ward moved to Watertown, and finally settled 
in Hampton, N.H., where the will of Thomas 
Philbrick was probated August 8, 1667. 
James, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Phil- 
brick, married Ann Roberts, of Dover, N.H. 
He was drowned in the Hampton River. 
James Philbrick (second), who was a mariner, 
wedded Hannah Perlsine, of Hampton. 
Nathan Philbrick, born August 19, 1697, mar- 
ried Dorcas, daughter of James Johnson, and 
died April 23, 1794, being then ninety-seven 
years old. 

Benjamin Philbrick, the great-grandfather 
of the subject of this sketch, was a native of 
Hampton, and one of seven brothers who 
settled in this section. He resided here for 
the rest of his life, and died January 23, 1808. 
On December 15, 1757, he married Sarah, 
daughter of Shubael Page, of Hampton; and 
she died July 19, 183 1, aged ninety-seven 
years. Josiah Philbrick, the grandfather, also 
a native of Hampton, born March 12, 1777, 
was a fisherman previous to settling in San- 
bornton, where he followed the trade of a 
blacksmith in connection with farming for the 
rest of his active period, and died January 18, 
1868. He wedded Mary Elkins, who was born 
in Rye, N.H., June 25, 17S1, and died De- 
cember 13, 1867. 



Andrew Philbrick, George A. Philbricks' 
father, born in Hampton, August 27, 1803, 
was eleven years old when his parents settled 
in Sanbornton. He succeeded to the owner- 
ship of the homestead, now the property of his 
son, and included within the township of Til- 
ton. He carried on farming during the active 
period of his life, and was respected as an 
honorable man and a useful citizen. Fond of 
reading, he was well informed on all the ques- 
tions of his day; but he never aspired to polit- 
ical prominence. On November 15, 1832, he 
married his cousin, Ruth H. I^hilbrick, who 
was born April 13, 1807, daughter of Reuben 
Philbrick, of Sanbornton. By her he became 
the father of seven children — Rebecca L., 
Charles R., Sarah Ann, Oliver D. , Nelson 
A., HuldaJ., and George A. Rebecca L. is 
now the widow of Charles Henry Jaques, late 
of East Tilton; Charles R. resides in Buda, 
111. ; and Oliver D. is a resident of East Til- 
ton. Andrew Philbrick died in April, 1887, 
and his wife on December 11, 1876. Both 
were active members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. 

George Andrew Philbrick acquired his edu- 
cation in the district schools. He has always 
resided at the homestead, which came into his 
possession after his father's death. The estate 
contains ninety-five acres of land, about 
twenty-five of which he cultivates, raising 
general farm products. He keeps seven cows, 
two horses, and a small flock of sheep. The 
Philbrick House, which he erected in 1882, is 
situated about one mile from the railroad 
station and the post-office. The main build- 
ing is thirty-eight feet square; and the ell is 
thirty-eight by twenty, with an addition 
twenty-four by twenty feet. Pleasantly 
located, overlooking VVinnisquam Eake, which 
is a beautiful sheet of water surrounded by 
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■quests. The locality is healthy, as well as 
picturesque, and affords a pleasant and agree- 
able retreat during the heated term. 

Mr. I'hilbrick married Anna M. Nelson, 
daughter of Hiram Nelson, formerly of San- 
bornton. In polities he supports the Reinih- 
lican party, and he is a member of the 
Winniscjuam Grange. 



/^TkORGE \V. PARKER, proprietor of 
VpT ^ hack, livery, sale, and feed stable in 
Dover, Strafford County, N. H., is 
carrying on a substantial business, and is i)ne 
of the best known men in his line in the city. 
He was born April 24, 1S47, in Compton, 
Province of Quebec, a son of Daniel P. and 
Cynthia I. Parker. He was brought up on a 
farm, and during his younger days assisted his 
parents in the daily routine of an agricultural 
life, the chores about the house naturally falling 
to his share; and during the winter seasons he 
was constant in his attendance at the district 
school. When eighteen years old Mr. Parker 
started in life for himself, and has since been 
a self-supporting member of society. Going 
first to Dowell, Mass., he worked for two years 
with K. T. Brighani, one of the leading pho- 
tographers of that city. Coming subsequently 
to Dover, he was engaged in similar work in a 
studio here for five years. He then entered an 
entirely new field of labor, opening a baker)', 
which he managed about three years, at the 
end of that time becoming the proprietor of a 
meat market, which he conducted seven years. 
He then disposed of his shop, and innxhased 
his present business, in which he is meeting 
with undisputed success, having a well stocked 
and thiiroughly equipped stable in a most favor- 
able location. 

On the first day of January, 1S69, Mr. Par- 
ker married Miss Mary Hall, a native of Gar- 



land, Me. ; and of their union one child has 
been born Pessie 1. Parker. Politically, 
Mr. Parker is identilied with the Republican 
part)', in which he is an active worker; and 
he is now serving his third term as Deputy 
Sheriff of .Strafford County. He belongs to 
various secret organizations, being a member 
of Strafford Lodge, No. 29, F. & A. M., of 
Dover; of Olive Branch Lodge, No. C), K. of 
P., of this city, of which lie is Past Chancel- 
lor; and niembcr of tlie Grand Lodge of New 
Hampshire. Mr. Parker is not identified with 
any church, but contributes toward the main- 
tenance of the First Congregational Chuich, 
of which his wife and dau"hter are mcmliers. 




PRAIIAM L. MORRISON, who.se 
widow resides in Laconia, was the 
last of the old stage-drivers of the 
VVinnepesaukee \alley. He was born Decem- 
ber 4, 1 818, in Sanhornton, N.II., son of 
Abraham and Hannah (Lane) Morrison. His 
parents had twelve children, of whom the sur- 
vivors are Daniels T. and Mrs. Juditii Pogg, 
of Methuen, Mass. ; and Samuel W., of San- 
hornton. In 1S42 Mr. Morrison came to 
Laconia, and became the driver of the stage 
running between here and Holderness, mnv 
Ashland. In the great fire of 184^ the 
stable on Gove Place was burned, and with it 
the stage and fittings. He next became the 
])roprietor of the I'armcr Hotel, which was on 
the route of several stage lines, including that 
running to Concord, and conducted it for 
eleven years. Beginning in 1856, he had 
charge of the Willard House for thirteen years, 
and then disposed of it to George H. P^verett. 
After that he end)arkeil in li\'ery-kceping on 
Gove Place, where he was in business up to 
about 1S86, when he sold out and retired. 
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line running to Centre Harbor; and until 
the introduction of the railway in 1848 he 
and the late John Little, also of Laconia, 
made the trips alternately. In his later years 
Mr. Morrison was in poor health. Soon after 
a visit to Brockton, Mass., to spend Thanks- 
giving, he was taken sick with his last illness, 
and thereafter gradually failed until his death 
by a paralytic shock, on March 11, 1896. 
Mr. Morrison was a loyal Republican. In the 
Presidential campaign of 1S40 he cast his 
vote for William Henry Harrison. In 1861 
and 1S62 he represented the town of Gilford 
in the New Hampshire legislature. He was 
a charter member of Mount Belknap Lodge, 
No. 20, K. of P. When able he attended ser- 
vice at the Free Baptist Church of Laconia, 
and was several times elected a member of its 
Financial Committee. In his life he con- 
formed to the principles of the Golden Rule. 

Mr. Morrison was twice married, on the 
first occasion to Susan Whipple, of Sanborn- 
ton, who died by burning, August 6, 1868. 
She bore him three children — George A., 
Curtis, and Nellie Maria. On May 17, 1871, 
he married Mrs. Betsy Elizabeth Stevens, a 
daughter of James and Rebecca (Wyett) Howe, 
of New Hampton. Her father, a contractor 
and builder, who also carried on farming quite 
e.xtensively, retired about ten years before his 
death. The greatgrandfather of James Howe 
served in the Continental army during the war 
of independence. Rebecca (Wyett) Flovve was 
a daughter of Deacon Wyett, an old resident of 
Campton ; and her mother was a descendant of 
John Rogers, of Pilgrim fame. Her first mar- 
riage was contracted with a Mr. Daniel Wilson, 
of Holderness, by whom she had four children 
— Myra, Hannah, David, and Daniel. James 
Howe, by a previous marriage with a Miss 
Nancy Drake, of New Hampton, had four chil- 
dren — Lorenzo G., James M., Henry D., and 



Nancy D. Fight children were the fruit of 
their second union; namely, Horace F., Jo- 
siah S. , Aaron M. (a physician), Harriet S., 
Martha D., William G., George W., and 
Betsy PLlizabeth. James Howe, born Febru- 
ary 19, 1786, died January 6, 1864, in his 
seventy-eighth year; and his wife, Rebecca, 
was born June 22, 17S7, and died August 6, 
1876, aged eighty-nine years. She was a 
devout Christian. Prior to her union with 
Abraham L. Morrison, Betsy lilizabeth Howe 
married Charles Stevens, of Gilmanton, who 
was for several years the proprietor of the 
Mount Belknap House at Lakeport. Mrs. 
Morrison now lives with a daughter by her 
former marriage, Mrs. Nellie M. Cox, who 
was the widow of Eben Hoyt, formerly of La- 
conia. Mr. Hoyt dealt e.xtensively in pianos 
and organs for several years in Laconia and 
Manchester. He died March 5, 1894, aged 
fifty-one. Mrs. Co.x, who was educated at 
New Hampton Academy, possesses a rich con- 
tralto voice ; is a member of the Oberon Ladies' 
Quartette of Laconia, with which she has sung 
for the past seven years; and is a member 
of the North Congregational Church choir. 
She is an artist as well as musician, and her 
skill in i)ainting is shown in the works that 
adorn the walls of her home. Her present 
husband, George Burnham Co.x, whom she 
married February 10, 1897, is a lawyer of La- 
conia. She is the mother of two children : 
Alice Louise, who died at the age of fourteen 
years; and Louis E. , now a boy of twelve. 
Mrs. Cox has one brother, W. M. Stevens, a 
farmer in Belmont. 



(s^^OSEPH B. SAWYER, a well-known 
citizen of Dover, is now living retired 
from active business pursuits. His 

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house he owns and occupies, it having been 
erected by his father, the late Levi Sawyer, in 
the early part of the present century. 

Levi Sawyer was born, bred, and siient the 
major [jortion of his life in Dover, following 
the trade of a blacksmith most of the time. 
He was a man of acknowledged integrity, lib- 
eral in his beliefs, broad in his charity, and a 
prominent member of the Society of I-'riends ; 
and his death, which took ]3lace after he had 
attained a venerable age, was deeply deplored 
by all who knew him. On July 7, 1826, he 
married Hannah G. Pinkham, a daughter of 
Joseph and Betty Green Pinkham, whose union 
was solemnized at Amesbury, Mass., in 17S5. 
She was a lifelong and respected resident of 
Dover, a woman of remarkable mental ability 
and an active worker in the cause of temper- 
ance and other reform movements. She was 
also a forcible speaker and for many years a 
prominent preacher in the F"riends' church. 
She became the mother of five children, two of 
whom died young. The others were: Joseph 
11, the special subject of this sketch; Lydia 
E. , who died in 1895 ; and L. Newell, a con- 
tracting freight agent on the Northern Pacific 
Railway, now a resident of Chicago, 111. 

Joseph B. Sawyer completed his school life 
at the Friends' Boarding-school in Providence, 
R.L, after which he remained with his parents 
until attaining his majority. Going then to 
Titusville, Pa., he engaged in the oil business, 
which was then in its infancy. At first he 
worked for others; but in a short time he 
allied himself with a stock company which 
leased land, and conducted some very success- 
ful operations. He settled permanently in 
the Keystone State, making his residence in 
Pittsburg. Mr. Sawyer became one of the 
best known oil men in Pennsylvania and West 
Virginia, and amassed a fair competency. In 
1888, on account of ill health, he disposed of 



his interests in the oil regions, autl retmning 
to Dover purchased the home in which his 
childhood da^s were siient, where he is now 
resting from his labors. 

Mr. Sawyer married November 7, 1894, 
Miss Abhie M. Sturtevant, of Springfield, 
Mass., who presides over their pleasant and 
hospitable home. Politically, Mr. Sawyer 
sujjports the principles of the Democratic 
party; and he attends worship at the l-'riends' 
Meeting, having never departed from the faith 
to which he was bred. 



TTAHARLES M. BAILEY, a prosjierous 
I jr'^ hardware merchant of Rochester, 

Vfcif_^^ doing a large business in hardware, 
plumbing, and steam-fitting, was born April 
20, 1847, in Littleton, N. II., son of H. M. 
and Harriet M. (Burt) Bailey. The father 
was born in 1813 in Peacham, Vt., which was 
his jjlace of residence up to 185 1. Then he 
removed to Manchester, N.ll., where he was 
engaged in the hardware business until his 
retirement on account of poor health in 1872, 
and died at the age of si.\ty-five years. He 
was a prominent Republican politician, and, 
though not an ofl^ce-seeker, served in the Man- 
chester City Council for a number of years. 
His wife died aged about thirty-six years. 

Charles M. Bailey went with his parents to 
Mancliester when four years old, and there 
chiefly spent his boyhood. Up to fifteen 
years of age he was an attendant of the public 
schools. He afterward was a clerk in his 
father's store until his father went out of busi- 
ness. Then he started for himself in the hard- 
ware business at Pittsfield, N. H., and subse- 
quently conducted a grain and flour store there. 
In 1886 he purchased his ])resent store in 
Rochester, and thereafter, still living in Pitts- 
field, managed all three enterprises until 



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1891. In that year lie sold mit his I'ittsfield 
stores and came to Rochester, taking posses- 
sion of a residence j^reviously built by him, 
and which is one of the finest in the city. Be- 
sides doing a general hardware business, he 
gives special attention to plumbing and the 
putting in of steam-heating apparatus. 

In 1867 Mr. Bailey was joined in marriage 
with Miss Charlotte 1*'. Joadro, of Manchester, 
N. H., who was born in Lowell, Mass. For- 
merly a Democrat in politics and quite a prom- 
inent worker for the party, though he would 
accept no office, he has recently become a 
Republican. He is a thirty-second degree 
Mason, having membership in Corinthian 
Blue Lodge of I'ittsfield, Temple Chapter and 
Palestine Commandery of Rochester, Edward 
A. Raymond Consistory (Scottish Rite) of 
Nashua, «nd Aleppo Temple, Ancient Arabic 
Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Bos- 
ton. Though not a church member, he con- 
tributes liberally toward the support of church 
work. 



(^AMES M. ROWE, D.D.S., a success- 
ful dentist of Barnstead for many years, 
was born in HoJderness, N.H., January 
18, 1834. His parents, John and Susan 
Rowe, had seven children, of whom four are 
living; namely, George, Elizabeth, Hannah, 
and Marion. With a fair education he studied 
dentistry in Lynn, Mass., with Dr. A. Trowe, 
after which he took up practice in Rochester, 
N. H. A year of work there caused his health 
to give way; and he came to Ibrnstead, and 
resided here for a number of years. Then his 
strength returned, and he went to Concord and 
resumed professional work. Soon after, again 
obliged to abandon city work on account of the 
confinement incident thereto, he returned to 
Barnstead and took up his work in a way that 
permitted of his being more or less in the open 



air. After a while his dental practice covered 
a circuit of twenty miles about Barnstead. 
Outside his profession he took especial interest 
in educational work, and he was prominent as 
a member of the Advent church. 

On November 11, 1857, Dr. Rowe married 
Miss Emma S. Clark, of Ipswich, Mass. She 
is a daughter of linoch Clark, who was born in 
Barnstead, son of Enoch, Sr. , a large land- 
owner in Barnstead. Mr. Clark, a carpenter 
by trade, removed to Newburyport, Mass., 
where he was a building contractor. Before 
leaving Barnstead, he served as Town Treas- 
urer and Selectman, and also represented the 
town in the legislature for two years and in an 
e.xtra session. In politics he was a Democrat. 
He married Sabrina Thurlow, a descendant of 
Lord Thurlow, of England. She was born in 
1799, and died January 8, 1889. Her ances- 
tor. Lord Thurlow, on November 19, 1664, in 
the sixteenth year of the reign of Charles II., 
was granted a coat of arms representing 
Jacob's staff fi.xed horizontally on a field. The 
first of the family in America was Thomas 
Thurlow, who came over in 1633, and settled 
finally in Newburyport, before its incorpora- 
tion as a town. His son, Thomas, was the 
father of Stephen Thurlow, a sea captain, who 
married Eunice Thurlow. Stephen and Eu- 
nice were the parents of Sabrina Thurlow, who 
became the wife of Enoch Clark. Besides 
Mrs. Rowe, Mr. Clark had three other chil- 
dren — Sarah Ann, Rufus, and Harriett. 
Sarah Ann married William B. Clark, Rufus 
married iMiiily Ilodgdon, and Harriett is the 
wife of George H. Cilley. 

Dr. James M. Rowe and his wife had nine 
children; namely, Eugene A., Edward W., 
Arthur J., Frank H., Walter C. , Florence E., 
Forrest C, Charles F. , and Freddie. Edward 
is practising dentistry in Manchester, and 
Faigene and Frank are following the same pro- 




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fession in Concord. Arthur was in trade a 
few years, and during that time served as I'ost- 
niaster of South Barnstead. lie is now, with 
his brother Walter, attending Dartmouth Col- 
lege, taking a medical course in the same 
class, h'lorence, Forrest, and Charles are at 
home. Dr. Rowe died in Harnstoad, June 18, 
1896. 

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f^YRON WEEKS BROWN, a retired 
lumber manufacturer of East Tilton, 
and an ex-member of the New 
Ilamiishire legislature, was born in Went- 
worth, N. H., October 23, 1833, son of Josiah 
P. and Nancy M. (Brown) Brown. His great- 
giandfather, Benjamin Brown, who was born 
August 28, 1 736, and resided in North Hamp- 
ton, N.H., died March 12, 1799. Benjamin's 
wife, Mary Brown, who was born January 19, 
•739i clied in 1823. Benjamin Brown (sec- 
ond), grandfather of Byron W., was born in 
North Hampton, July 21, 1771. In his 
younger days he followed the sea. Afterward 
he settled on a farm of sixty-two and a half 
acres in Sanbornton, N,H., spent the rest of 
his active period in tilling the soil, and died 
May 12, 1848. He married Sarah, daughter 
of Benjamin Philbrook, who died July 27, 
1853, aged eighty-three years. Of their five 
children, Josiah P. was the eldest. 

Josiah P. Brown was born in North Hamp- 
ton, December 24, 1797. An infant when his 
parents moved to this locality, he was reared 
and educated here. After reaching his major- 
ity he followed the sea in the coasting trade 
for two or three summers, spending the 
winters employed upon farms or in the lumber 
camps. In 1S24 he moved to Wentworth, 
where he bought sixty acres of wild land, and 
converted it into a good farm. He also en- 
gaged extensively in lumbering, which was at 
that time in its infancy, and followed it for 



the rest of his active |)eriod. His active and 
industrious life closed March 2J, 1877. in 
politics he was a Democrat, and he served tiie 
town with ability as a member of the Board of 
Selectmen. His wife, Nancy, who was a 
daughter of Theodore Brown, of Northfield, 
N.Il., had by him fourteen children, of wiiom 
thirteen reached maturity. Of these, seven 
are living, namely: Bradbury T., of Tilton; 
Sarah Jane, the wife of the Rev. Josiah D. 
Cross, a native of Springfield, N. H. ; Doriiula 
A., who first married M. T. Noyes, anil is now 
the widow of J. Henry Webster; Hannah K. , 
who. successively married Moses P. Chase and 
Horatio C. Blood, of Wentworth; Byron W., 
the subject of this sketch; and Asa A. and 
Alphonso, who are both residing in Went- 
worth. The others were: Benjamin F., Jo- 
seph, John G., Alonzo, Marshall ]., Mary A., 
and Martha A. Mary was the wife of Lyman 
A. Conant, and Martha was the wife of Gilbert 
Waldron. The parents were members of the 
Free Baptist church. 

Byron Weeks Brown attended the district 
school in Wentworth. At the age of nineteen 
he hired a farm, which he carrietl on for two 
years. For the succeeding four years he was 
unable to labor on account of a lingering ill- 
ness. Upon his recovery in 1859 he went to 
Tilton, where he was employed in his 
brother's saw-mill for two and a half years. 
He next went to Watertown, Mass., as hun- 
ber inspector at the United States Arsenal. 
After holding that position for two years he 
returned to Tilton, and resumed work with his 
brother. On January i, 1865, he bought the 
entire establishment, comprising a saw-mill 
and a grist-mill. The management of these 
received his exclusive attention until 1873, 
when he started a saw-mill in Wentworth. In 
1882 he sold a half-interest in the Wentwortii 
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ho disposed of his Tilton enterprise to the 
1'. C. Cheney Pulp Company; and two years 
hilcr he sold his remaining interest in the 
Wentworth mill to his brother. At one time 
he employed as many as seventy-five men and 
ninety-six horses and oxen in cutting and 
hauling logs, and during the summer season 
his regular mill force was from fifteen to 
twenty men. He is now living in retirement 
upon a small farm, where he raises sufficient 
produce for his own use. 

On July 6, 1863, Mr. Brown was joined in 
marriage with Lucinda True Johnson, daugh- 
ter of Joseph Johnson, of Sanbornton. In 1S73 
and 1874 Mr. Brown represented this town 
in the legislature as a Democrat. During 
his first term he served upon the Committees 
on Election and Woman Suffrage, and during 
his second term he was a member of the Fi- 
nancial Committee. Both he and Mrs. Brown 
attend the l'"ree Baptist church. 




MASA PRAY, a well-to-do farmer of 
Rochester, was born April 23, 1838, 
in a house located but a few rods 
from the one in which he now resides, son of 
the late Ezra PI. Pray. His grandfather, 
Pelatiah Pray, was for many years engaged in 
school teaching in Berwick, York County, 
Me., where he was well known to more than 
one generation of children. 

Ezra H. Pray, who was born and reared in 
Berwick, worked as a farm hand in his early 
life. Subsecjuently he came from Berwick to 
Rochester, purchased a tract of timber land 
here, on it cleared a homestead, and thereafter 
was occupied in its cultivation until his death 
in 1 866. In the winter seasons, when there 
was but little to do on the farm besides at- 
tending to the stock, he engaged in lumbering 
and butchering. While he never manifested 



a desire for public office, he was a zealous 
supporter of the Whig party. He married 
Miss Hannah Tibbetts, of Rochester; and 
they reared five children. These were: 13ud- 
ley, now a resident of South l^oston, Mass.; 
Charles, who taught school in ]5uffalo, N.Y., 
and was afterward engaged in surveying for a 
new railway at St. Anthony's F"alls, Minne- 
sota, and died at Buffalo in 1852 ; Ezra, who was 
for some time a practising jihysician in Bos- 
ton, Mass., served four years in the United 
States Navy, after which he studied dentistry, 
and now resides on the old homestead ; Amasa, 
the subject of this sketch; and Lydia, the 
widow of Dr. George N. Thompson, late of 
Boston. 

Amasa Pray completed his schooling at 
West Lebanon, N.H. He afterward assisted 
in the work of the farm, remaining with his 
parents until the breaking out of the late Re- 
bellion. Then, in [jrompt response to the call 
for volunteers, he enlisted in Company F, 
Fourth New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. 
Going -at once to the front, he was an active 
participant in the engagement at Fort Sumter, 
and was also at those of Morris Island, Port 
Royal, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine. In 
the fall of 1864, having been honorably dis- 
charged from the service at the expiration of 
his term of enlistment, Mr. Pray returned to 
the old homestead, where he remained until 
his marriage, when he established his present 
home. He has forty-eight acres of land de- 
voted to general agriculture, although he 
makes somewhat a specialty of dairying, man- 
ufacturing about sixty pounds of butter per 
week. He also does some teaming and other 
work for the town of Rochester. 

On September 18, 1865, Mr. Pray married 
Miss Laura, a daughter of Samuel Trickey, 
of this town. They have had five children, as 
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of East Rochester; Mary J., who died in 15os- 
ton, September 29, 1893, aged twenty-three 
years; Ciiarles K., who lives at home; George 
A., of Rochester; and Iviwiii, a resident of 
Lynn, Mass. Mr. I'ray has never had any in- 
clination to hold public office, but he has been 
a faithful ailherent of the Republican part)'. 
He has been a Mason of Humane Lodge, No. 
21, of this town, since 1865; and he is a 
comrade of Sampson Post, No. 22, G. A. R. 




LMER J. LORD, an enterprising wheel- 
wright and lumber manufacturer, antl 
the only undertaker in Gilmanton, 
was born in Barnstead, N.fL, March 22, 1862. 
His grandfather, John Lord, came to this 
country from England, in company with his 
brother Benjamin. Benjamin, who settled in 
New York City, engaged in the real estate 
business, became a wealthy broker, and died 
about the year 1870, leaving a large amount 
of property to his relatives. John Lord settled 
in Maine, and died a comparatively young man. 
Jacob Lord, the father of I[lmer J., after 
spending his earlier years in Berwick, Me., 
moved from there to Barnstead, where he fol- 
lowed the trade of wheelwright until 1861. 
In that year he enlisted as a private in the 
Fourteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Vol- 
unteers, for service in the Civil War. In the 
army he contracted a disease which incapaci- 
tated him for service. He died soon after his 
return home, and his remains were interred in 
Berwick. He married Martha Stanley, of 
Shapleigh, Me., whose tleath occurred shortly 
after the birth of Elmer J., the subject of this 
sketch. She left two other children — Martha 
and Sarah. Martha is now the wife of Hiram 
Young, of Beverly, Mass. ; and Sarah married 
Willmirth Merrill, who died in Gloucester, 
Mass., October 25, 1896. 



I'llmci J. Lord was educated in public and 
I)rivate schools of Barnstead ami at the I'itts- 
fiekl Academy. When his stutlies were com- 
pleted, he entered .Sanderson's dry-goods store 
in rittsfield as a clerk, ami remained there 
two years. lie then engaged in carriage 
building, and later became an undertaker, a 
business that he followed in Rochester, N.H., 
for two years. In September, 1886, on 
account of failing health, he moved to Gil- 
manton Iron Works, antl resumed the carriage- 
building and undertaker's business in this 
town. He has lately associated himself with 
J. P. Hussey, in the lumber manufacturing 
business. This firm operate a saw-mill, and 
sujjply a large amount of lumber for building 
jnirposes in Gilmanton and other towns. Mr. 
Lord began the study of undertaking with 
Professor Clarke, of Springfield, Ohio. He 
is a member of the New luigland Association 
of Undertakers, and by attending its lectures 
in Boston he is conversant with the most ad- 
vanced ideas relative to the business. 

Mr. Lord wedded Mary Grant, daughter of 
William T. Grant, of Epsom, N. II. lie is a 
charter member and an officer of Highland 
Lodge, No. 93, I. O. O. F., of Gilmanton; 
and he has been Treasurer and Lecturer of 
Crystal Lake Grange, No. loi. Justly re- 
garded as one of Gilmanton's most enterpris- 
ing young business men, he has attained 
prosperity solely through his own efforts. He 
is a member of the l'"ree liaptist Cluuch n( 
Pittsfield. 




YRUS L. JICNNESS, an enterprising 
and successful business man of Straf- 
ford County, resides in the city of 
Dover, where he has an extensive trade in 
hardware and agricultural implements of all 
kinds, his large store containing a complete 
stock of everything in his line. Mr. Jenness 



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was bom March lo, 1S4S, in the neighboring 
town of Rochester, a son of Cyrus and Mercy 
(McDuffee) Jenness, esteemed members of the 
farming community of that place. He re- 
mained with his i)arents until attaining ma- 
turity, attending the district schools in his 
younger days, and doing his full share of the 
farm labors. Then starting in life on his 
own account, with no other endowments than 
a stout heart, willing hands, an active brain, 
and a determined purpose to reach the goal of 
success, Mr. Jenness came to Dover to seek a 
situation. At once finding employment as a 
clerk in a hardware store, he remained there 
eleven years, giving his undivided time and 
attention to his employer's interests, and ob- 
taining a practical insight into the business. 
Then, having by prudence, thrift, and econ- 
omy saved some money, he established his 
present business, which he has since carried 
on with a success exceeding his expectations; 
and he is now numbered among the leading 
merchants in his line in this section of the 
county. 

On November 12, 1872, Mr. Jenness was 
united in marriage with Miss Sarah E. 
Holmes, daughter of Horace and Alary J. (Col- 
bath) Holmes, of Dover. Mr. Jenness has 
never taken any active part in political affairs, 
either local or national, but is a firm sup- 
porter of the principles of the Republican 
party. He is a member of the Wechohamet 
Lodge, I. O. O. F. , of Dover; and both he 
and his wife are esteemed members of the 
Free Baptist church. 



fs^Y-^^ES E. CHILD, an energetic and 
progressive farmer of Farmington, 
Strafford County, was born March i, 
1857, in Milton, this county, son of James S. 
and Mary J. (Goodwin) Child. He comes of 



good old Massachusetts stock. His grand- 
father, James Child, who was a lifelong resi- 
dent of Cambridge, Mass., and one of its 
most worthy citizens, served in the War of 
1812. James S. Child was born and bred in 
Cambridge, where he learned the trade of a 
carpenter and builder. When a young man he 
came to this section of New Hampshire, and, 
securing work at his trade in the growing town 
of Milton, afterward resided in that place 
throughout the remainder of his active period. 
The closing days of his life were passed in 
Farmington, where he died February 17, 
1896, aged seventy-si.x years. By his wife, 
who was born in Lebanon, Me., he became 
the father of seven children, of whom the sur- 
vivors named are: Lizzie, the wife of Charles 
E. Drew, of this town; James E., the subject 
of this biography; Daniel S. and George F., 
both of Lynn, Mass. 

James E. Child laid a substantial founda- 
tion for his future education in the common 
schools and high school of Farmington. On 
leavingthe latter he took a thorough course at 
the New Hampton Institute, and subsequently 
completed his studies at the academy in 
Worcester, Mass. Continuing his residence 
in the latter city, he was there engaged in the 
shoe business for a couple of years, and then 
spent a few months in the busy city of Chi- 
cago. In 18S0 he returned to Worcester; but, 
not desiring to locate there permanently, he 
soon removed to this town in order to carry 
out his design of becoming a farmer. In the 
following year, taking advantage of a fine op- 
portunity, he purchased the Jones farm, on 
Meeting-house Hill, a most excellent loca- 
tion. Here he has since been prosperously 
engaged in general agriculture and dairying. 
His estate is one of the most attractive in the 
neighborhood, its finely tilled lands, comfort- 
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bespeaking the iiulustry and tliiift of its 
owner. 

Mr. Child was married May 2, 18S2, to 
Miss Ruth A. King, ilaughtcr of Sylvester 
King, of Springfield, Me. In politics Mr. 
Child is a strong Prohibitionist and one of 
the leaders of the party. He takes an active 
interest in local affairs, and for some years 
served as Constable and Road Surveyor. He 
belongs to Harmony Lodge, No. 11, K. of P. 
Both he and his estimable wife attend the 
Baptist church, toward the support of which 
they contribute. 




UWARD FRANK WIGGIN, the pro- 
prietor of the Reservoir Stock Farm, 
Meredith, was born where he now 
resides, September 8, 1S48, son of Benjamin 
F. and Abigail (Wadleigh) Wiggin. His 
great-grandfather, Chase Wiggin, came from 
Stratham, N.H., to Meredith when this town 
was mostly in a wild state. The maiden 
name of his wife was Mary Brackett. Joshua 
Wiggin, the grandfather, was born in tliis 
town. When a young man he learned the 
tratle of a carpenter, and thereafter followed 
it, in addition to farming, throughout the 
active period of his life. He married Lucinda 
Pease, and reared two sons; namely, Benjamin 
F. and Charles Pease. 

Benjamin F. Wiggin was born in Meredith, 
December 28, 1820. He attended the dis- 
trict school, and learned the carpenter's trade 
with his father. After his marriage he 
bought fifty acres of land, which is now a part 
of Reservoir Stock Farm, and for many years 
was one of the stirring and successful farmers 
of the town. He also worked at his trade, 
and is widely known as an able and skilful 
mechanic. In politics he is a Democrat, and 
in 1872 and 1873 he represented Meredith in 



the legislature. His wife, Abigail, whom he 
married October 23, i S44, is a daughter of 
Stephen Wadleigh, of Meredith. She is the 
mother of two children, namely: Stephen \V., 
who resides in Worcester, Mass. ; and lulward 
F. , the subject of this sketch. Mr. and Mrs. 
Benjamin F. Wiggin are still living, and 
enjoy good health. They are members of tiie 
Baptist church. 

Edward Frank Wiggin began his education 
in the pul)Iic schools of Mereditii, and com- 
pleted his studies at a business college in 
Manchester. His first employment was in a 
grist-mill in Laconia. After working here as 
an assistant for a year and a half, he operated 
the mill for the same length of time upon his 
own account. Returning after this to the 
homestead, he began to e.xert that energy and 
progressive tendency which have since charac- 
terized his efforts as an agriculturist. He has 
purchased large tracts of adjoining land ; and 
the Reservoir Stock Farm now consists of five 
hundred acres, seventy-five of which are re- 
served for tillage purposes. Besides the other 
usual crops, he cuts from seventy-five to one 
hundred tons of hay annually, and raises and 
packs a large quantity of sweet corn. He 
keeps fifty head of thoroughbred short -horned 
cattle, which are considei'ed to be the only 
genuine herd of that breed in this neighbor- 
hood ; and for the past twenty-five years he has 
supplied a large number of regular customers 
in Laconia with butter, of whicii he jiroduces 
annually twenty-five hundred pounds. He 
also keeps forty sheep, from fifteen to twent)- 
Berkshire hogs, eight horses, and a llock of 
full-blooded Plymouth Rock hens. In 1895 
he was awarded four hundred and fifty dollars 
in premiums for stock exhibits at tiie New 
England and Worcester County (Massachu- 
setts) Fairs. In politics he is a Democrat, 
and he has rendered able service to the town 



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as a member of the School Board and in the 
capacity of Selectman. 

On October 24, 1877, Mr. Wij^gin was 
united in marriage with Carrie E. Canney, 
daughter of Franklin and Laura (Russell) 
Canney, the former of whom is a native of 
Centre Harbor, N. H., and is now a miller in 
Meredith. Franklin and Laura (Russell) 
Canney are the parents of two daughters — 
Carrie E. and Abbie. Mr. and Mrs. Wiggin 
have three children; namely, Florence M., 
Hollis L., and Ethel F. Mr. Wiggin is a 
member of VVinnepesaukee Lodge, L O. O. F., 
of Laconia; and he is Master of VVinnepe- 
saukee Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. 



OHN H. NEAL, M.D., a well-known 
physician of Rochester, N.H., was 
born in Parsonsfield, York County, 
Me., March 20, 1S62, son of John and Sarah 
Jane (Lord) Neal. His father was a prosper- 
ous farmer and lifelong resident of Parsons- 
field, and died at the age of fifty-four years. 
He took a leading part in local affairs and 
served as a member of the Board of Selectmen 
for ten years. His wife, Sarah, was born in 
Effingham, N.H. She is still living, and re- 
sides with her son in Rochester. 

John H. Neal was educated in the common 
schools and at Parsonsfield Seminary, and at 
the age of sixteen began teaching school. He 
taught district schools in Maine and New 
Hampshire at intervals, while attending medi- 
cal lectures at the Maine Medical School in 
Brunswick. He then pursued a two years' 
course at the Long Island College Hospital, 
Brooklyn, N.Y., from which he was graduated 
in 1886. He was an apt student, and was 
chosen Chairman of the Executive Committee 
of his class. Locating for practice in San- 
ford, Me., he remained there until January, 



1895, at which time he came to Rochester. 
Since establishing himself in this city he has 
succeeded in building up a lucrative practice. 
In politics he was formerly a Democrat, but 
some years ago became a Republican. While 
residing in Sanford, Me., he was a member of 
the Board of Health and President of the 
Building and Loan Association, a position 
which he resigned when he moved to Roches- 
ter. He is at the present time serving as Sec- 
retary of the Board of Health in this city, and 
also as Overseer of the Poor. 

On November 28, 188S, Dr. Neal was 
united in marriage with Lulu E. Clark, a na- 
tive of Sanford; and he has one son, Cecil M. 
Dr. Neal is a member of Preble Lodge, F. & 
A. M.; White Rose Chapter, R. A. M., of 
Sanford ; and is a charter member of Pales- 
tine Commandery, K. T., of this city. 



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WESTON BALLARD, a 
irosperous general farmer and the 
proprietor of the Ballard House, 
Meredith, was born where he now resides, 
March 13, i86o, son of Llewelyn and Sophia 
(Maloon) Ballard. Llewelyn Ballard, a native 
of Belfast, Me., was reared and educated in 
his native town. At the age of eighteen he 
went to Boston, where he learned the ma- 
chinist's trade. Some years later he went to 
California, and soon after his arrival sent a 
sum of money to his family. That was the 
last communication they ever received from 
him, and he has not been heard from since. 
His wife, Sophia, a native of Boston, was a 
daughter of Nathaniel Maloon, of Deerfield, 
N.H. Her father resided in his native town 
until the death of his wife's father, when he 
came to Meredith, and took charge of the 
homestead which then fell to her possession. 
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whose father, Josiah Wadleigh, was one of the 
early settlers in Meredith. Josiah Wadleigh 
reclaimed from the wilderness the farm which 
is now owned by his great-grandson, Willnir 
W. Ballard; and a part of the present resi- 
dence was built with timbers which he hewed 
by hand, as there was no saw-mill in this 
vicinity at that time. Llewelyn and Sophia 
Ballard had another son, Charles Hartwell, 
now a resident of Boston. After the death of 
hor mother, Mrs. Llewelyn Ballard kept house 
for her father while he lived; and she died in 
Meredith in 1885, aged forty-nine years. 

Wilbur Weston Ballard was educated in this 
town, and grew to manhood upon the farm he 
now occupies. When twenty-one years old he 
went to New York State, where he was em- 
ployed in a hotel for two years. Then, re- 
turning home, he cared for his mother during 
her last illness. After her death he went to 
Boston, where he was employed as a street car 
conductor by the West End Railway Company 
for a time. After this he again returned to 
Meredith, where he has since devoted his at- 
tention to general farming. He owns sixty 
acres of excellent land, half of which is set 
apart for tillage purposes; and he cuts about 
fifteen tons of hay annually. In 1891 he 
began to entertain summer boarders. The 
Ballard House, which has ample accommoda- 
tions for thirty-five guests, is situated upon 
high ground overlooking Waukewan Lake, 
with a distant view of the Sandwich and 
White Mountains. 

On RLarch 16, 1889, Mr. Ballard was joined 
ill marriage with Emma N. Roberts, daughter 
of Oren Roberts. He now has two children, 
namely: Frank L., born May 8, 1891; and 
Alice J., born April 22, 1893. In politics 
Mr. Ballard is a Republican. He is con- 
nected with Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M.; 
Belknap Lodge, I. O. O. F. ; and Winnepe- 



saukce Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. lie 
attends the Baptist church, of wliich Mrs. Bal- 
lard is a member. 



M 



ANII'LL BROWN EATON, a prom- 
inent farmer and a well-known resi- 
dent of Mercditii, was born in Gil- 
ford, N.H., October 23, 1820, son of I'^lisha 
and Betsey (Brown) Eaton. His great-grand- 
father, John Eaton, wJici was born either in 
Salisbury or Seabrook, N.H., in 1750, was a 
tailor by trade, but devoted the greater part of 
his active period to agricultural pursuits. 
John Eaton married -Sarah Freiicli, and his 
children were: l^lisha; John; Joseph; and 
Jonathan; Nancy, who married John Mathews; 
Mary, who became the wife of Theodore 
Clark; Sarah, who became Mrs. Stamels; 
Betsey, who married Andrew Flanders; 
Aniasa; Jacob; and Samuel S. Elisha Eaton 
(first), the grandfather, was born in I'iltsfield, 
N. H., in 1768. He engaged in general farm- 
ing, but died at the age of twenty-six years. 
He married Betsey Sherburne, and Elisha was 
the only child of that union. 

Elisha Eaton (second), Daniel B. ]'^aton"s 
father, born in Pittsfield, December 26, 1794, 
was left fatherless at the age of four months. 
He was brought up by his paternal grandpar- 
ents, and he occupied the old homestead prop- 
erty until he was seventy years old. His last 
years were passed with his daughter in Alton, 
N.H. In politics he was a Jacksonian Dem- 
ocrat. His wife, Betsey, a daughter of 
Ephraim Brown, of Gilford, N. IL, became the 
mother of ten children, as follows: Daniel B., 
the subject of this sketch; Sarah Jane, who 
died at the age of twenty-three years; Miriam 
B., who niariied Isaiah C. Morrill, of Gilford: 
Reuhamah G., who married Isaac Morrill; 
Emeline T., who married Calvin Rollins, of 



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Alton, and is now deceased; John D., of 
Salom, Mass. ; Mary, also deceased, who be- 
came tlic wile (if Henry Duffee, of Alton; 
Martin \'. H. , now of Moultonboro, N.ll.; 
Joseph W'., who resides in Salem, Mass. ; and 
Laura A., the wife of William Downs, also of 
Salem. Mr. and Mrs. I'^isha Eaton were at- 
tendants at the l'"ree Hai'itist church. 

The education of Daniel Brown Eaton, 
begun in the common schools, was completed 
in the common and high schools of Gilford 
(now Laconia). He resided at the homestead 
until 1 866, and taught for several winter 
terms. He then bought his present farm in 
Meredith, and has since resided here. His 
property contains one hundred and ten acres 
of land, twenty-five of which are undei culti- 
vation. He raises corn, oats, potatoes, and 
beans, and cuts thirteen tons of hay. He has 
kept from twelve to fourteen head of cattle. 
Having a natural aptitude for mechanical 
work, he has fitted up a blacksmith's shop 
upon his premises for the benefit of the neigh- 
boring farmers. A practical surveyor, he has 
been employed in that capacity in four differ- 
ent counties. It was he who performed the en- 
gineering work needed by the Enterprise 
Linen and Fibre Company's mill in Mere- 
dith. He is familiar with astronomy and 
natural philosophy. He has transacted a great 
deal of business before the Probate Court, and 
is now holding his tenth commission as a 
Justice of the Peace. He served Gilford as 
Treasurer, Selectman, legislative Representa- 
tive, and superintendent of schools, and has 
been a member of the School Committee of 
Meredith. 

Mr. Eaton has been twice married. On 
August 9, 1849, he wedded Susan L. Smith, 
daughter of Joseph P. Smith, of Gilford. Of 
this marriage there were born si.\ children — • 
Mary S., Julia A., Sarah J., John S., Daniel 



}{., and Joseph S. Mary S. married the Rev. 
C. W. Taylor, a Methodist preacher; Sarah J. 
died at the age of tjiirty-seven years; John S. 
died in 1876, aged eighteen years; Daniel I'^ 
is Treasurer of the Meredith Savings l^ank; 
and Joseph S. is an overseer in Mason's Ma- 
chine Works, Taunton, Mass. Mr. I^aton's 
first wife died in 1876. She was a member of 
the Free Baptist church. On October 12, 
1882, he married Mrs. limily A. (Whidden) 
Corliss, daughter of Mark Whidden, of Ports- 
mouth, N. H. In politics Mr. Eaton is a 
Republican. He is deeply interested in tiie 
temperance cause, and he is a member of the 
Free Baptist church. 




ALTER F. GAGE, a farmer of 
much enterprise and ability, ac- 
tively engaged in his chosen voca- 
tion in the town of Dover, Strafford County, 
N.H., was born October 9, 1848, on the home- 
stead where he now resides. This farm was 
bought' by his paternal grandfather, James 
Gage, in the early part of the present century, 
he having been a farmer and wheelwright. 

Daniel Gage, son of James and father of 
Walter F. , was born, reared, and has passed 
his entire life on this homestead, the date of 
his birth being January 8, 1827. Succeeding 
to the ownership of the paternal acres, he 
labored with unceasing industry, making many 
and substantial improvements on the place, 
and now, having rounded out threescore years 
and ten, is enjoying the fruits of his many 
days of toil. His wife's maiden name was 
Sarah J. Ilersom. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gage 
have two children, namely: Walter F. , the 
special subject of this brief personal sketch; 
and Daniel, also a farmer, residing in Dover. 
Walter F. Gage acquired his education in 
the public schools, and during the days of his 



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later boyhood and youth he assisted his father 
in tiie labors of the home farm. Here obtain- 
ing a practical knowledge of everything per- 
taining to agriculture, he chose that pursuit 
as his life occupation. When but twenty 
years of age he purchased of his father an in- 
terest in the farming business, and of this he 
has now the complete charge. He has addetl 
to the home farm three other farms located in 
Somersworth, Rochester, and Dover, the farm 
now consisting of one hundred and fifty acres, 
situated in the three towns mentioned. Mr. 
Gage carries on general husbandry and dairy- 
ing, and in connection with the latter has run 
a milk route for more than twenty years. He 
keeps about twenty cows, finding this part of 
his business profitable and sure, as milk known 
to be pure and unadulterated is always in de- 
mand. 

On February 14, 1877, Mr. Gage married 
Miss Amanda J. Sterling, daughter of Ephraim 
A. and Susan (Ham) Sterling, of Dover. 
They have two children — Cora 15. and Everett 
W. A man of foresight and good judgment 
in affairs, Mr. Gage occupies a secure position 
in the consideration and respect of his fellow- 
citizens. He is ever interested in local im- 
provements, giving his hearty support to all 
enterprises calculated to benefit the town or 
city, and for four years served as an official of 
the municipal government, having been Coun- 
cilman two years and Alderman two years, 
representing Ward One. Mr. Gage belongs 
to one fraternal order, the Knights of Pythias; 
and his family are members of the Baptist 
church. 



/^TeORGE WRIGHT BARTLETT, who 
\ |v5F conducts a prosperous [ilumbing anil 
steam-fitting business in Meredith, 
was born at Centre Harbor, N.H., January 2, 
1857. His parents were James and Elizabeth 



(Davis) Bartlett, natives of Centre Harlior. 
(I'or an account of his ancestry see the sketch 
of James D. ]?artlett, which appears elsewhere 
in this work.) 

James Bartlett was reared a farmer, and 
after his marriage he began to cultivate a farm 
which his fatiier had given him. After fol- 
lowing agricultural pursuits for some years, he 
moved to Meredith, and kept a general store 
for two or three years. Then, returning to 
his farm, he remained there until 1S68. In 
that year he bought another piece of agricult- 
ural property in Campton, N.H., and resided 
there for eight years. Returning once more 
to Centre Harbor, he remained for a year, and 
then took up his residence in Meredith, where 
his last days were passed, and where he died 
in 1891. He was a Democrat in politics, 
and served upon the Board of Selectmen in 
his native town. His wife, Elizabeth, whose 
father, Nathan Davis, was also a native of 
Centre Harbor, became the mother of five 
children — Sarah, Mirrila, Maria, Frank A., 
and George W. Sarah is the wife of Melthno 
C. Clarke, of Centre Harbor; Mirrila married 
Charles Webster, and is no longer living. 
Maria is the wife of Ira Wilkinson; and 
Frank A. is residing in Meredith. The 
mother, now seventy-eight years old, is living 
with George W. Bartlett. 

George W. IJartlett was educated in the dis- 
trict schools. On reaching his majorit)' he 
came to Meredith, where for one and a half 
years he was employed at John A. Lang's 
piano case factory. The next twelve years 
were spent in the employment of the Meredith 
Shook and Lumber Company. In February, 
1894, he entered the employ of the Meredith 
Electric Light Company, of which he is now 
the superintendent. In 1895 he established 
himself in business as a steam-fitter. Later 
he put in a stock of stoves and ranges, and 



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started in tlie plunihinp; business. He has 
already built up a profitable trade, and em- 
ploys from two to four men. 

In politics Mr. Hartlett is a Prohibitionist. 
lie is a member of Belknap Lodge, No. 14, 
I. O. O. V. ; of Meredith Lodge, No. 50, 
Knights of Pythias; of the Improved Order of 
Red Men; and of the Good Templars and the 
Patrons of Husbandry. 



-r^ESLIE W. RICKER, who has charge 
|JT of the Boston & Maine Railroad sta- 
-*■ — ^ tion at New Durham, Strafford 
County, was born in this town, July 27, i860, 
son of Ira S. and Mary E. (Hall) Ricker. 
His father was a native of Dover, N.H.; and 
his grandfather, John Ricker, was also born in 
that town. Ira S. Ricker was in the employ 
of the Boston & Maine Railroad Company for 
thirty-five years, for twenty-nine of which he 
acted as station agent in New Durham, hold- 
ing that position until 1S86. In politics he 
supported the Democratic party, and his pub- 
lic services were of much benefit to the town. 
He was a member of the Board of Selectmen 
four years, a part of which time he acted as 
Chairman, was Tax Collector six years, served 
upon the School Board, was Postmaster for a 
number of years, and represented the town in 
the legislature in 1892 and 1893. He wedded 
Mary E. Hall, of Barrington, N. H., and they 
reared six children, namely: Charles H. ; Ira 
0.; Mary H.; Daniel IL; Leslie W., the 
subject of this sketch; and Jeanette A., the 
last named being the wife of F. E. lulgerley, 
of Farmington, N. H. Ira S. Ricker died 
September 18, 1896. 

Leslie VV. Ricker acquired a common- 
school education, and at the age of eighteen 
he entered the service of the Boston & Maine 
Company as brakeman on a passenger train. 



He continued in that employment for about 
seven years, at the end of which time he be- 
came agent for the Lawrence Express Comjiany 
at Dover, N.H. In 1886 he succeeded his 
father as station agent at New Durham, which 
position he has since retained; and he also 
acts as special police officer at the station. 
Mr. Ricker is independent in politics. In 
1888 he was elected Town Clerk, a position 
which he still holds; and he was a member of 
the School Board three years. 

He married Wendello Tash, of New Dur- 
ham, and has two children — ^ Marion L. and 
Raymond. The family attend the Baptist 
church. 



7~>1IARLES HODGDON DOW, one of 
I Sr'^ Barnstead's best known residents, was 

vj£_,^ born in this town, July 19, 1822, 
son of Timothy and Mary (Hodgdoii) Dow. 
In 1797 his grandfather, Simon Dow, moved 
with his family from Durham, N.H., to North 
Barnstead, and there settled upon two hundred 
acres of- partially cleared land. Simon Dow's 
children were: Jeremiah, Timothy, John O., 
Betsey, Hannah, and Margaret. Jeremiah 
settled in Massachusetts; John O. died in 
Barnstead; Betsey married William Walker; 
Hannah wedded a Mr. Hill; and Margaret be- 
came the wife of James Murray, and moved to 
a Western State. 

Timothy Dow succeeded to the part of the 
homestead originally settled by his father, 
and became a very prosperous farmer. He 
was active in political affairs, served as a Se- 
lectman for a number of terms, was Moderator 
at town meetings for twenty years, and repre- 
sented Barnstead in the legislature for two 
terms. Prominently identified with the State 
militia for twenty-four years, he rose in it to 
the rank of Major-general. In politics he 
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four years. His wife, Mary, was a daughter 
of Charles Hoclgilon, who owned a large farm, 
and was one of the jirosperous residents of 
Harnstead in his day. She became the mother 
of three children — Charles H., Panielia, and 
John. Famelia married Jacob Locke, of North 
Barnstead ; and John occupies the homestead. 

Having acquired a common-school educa- 
tion, Charles Hodgdon Dow learned the shoe- 
maker's trade. When twenty-two years old he 
went to Roxbury, Mass., and was there em- 
ployed at brickmaking for four years. He 
then entered into partnership witii Joseph A. 
Walker for the purpose of manufacturing 
brick. Withdrawing from that firm a year 
later, he was engaged in the same business 
alone for eight years. Returning then to 
his native State, he bought the York farm in 
North Barnstead. He also engaged in the 
manufacture of starch in New York State, 
being associated in that enterprise with 
Robert S. Webster for four years. During 
his five years' connection with starcli making, 
he was absent in New York State during the 
winter season. Since his retirement from that 
business he has carried on general farming on 
quite an extensive scale, devoting his spare 
time to shoemaking. 

Mr. Dow has been twice married. His first 
wife, in maidenhood Susan M. Drew, who 
died in Roxbury, Mass., in 1S49, was the 
niotiier of one son and one daughter. Tiie 
latter died in infancy. On August 13, 1S54, 
he wedded I^ydia A. .Shackford, daughter of 
Seth and Harriet (Hill) Shackford, of Barn- 
stead. Mrs. Dow is a descendant of William 
Shackford, an Englishman, the first ancestor 
of the family in America. The records of 
Dover, N.H., show that he was a tax-payer of 
that town in 1660. He married Deborah 
Trickey, of Dover. His son. Captain Samuel 
Shackford, who was a highly respected citizen 



of Portsmouth, N.H., married twice. Captain 
Shackford's son, William, by his first wife, in- 
herited tlie greater portion of his father's es- 
tate, and died in 1773. William .Shackford 
is mentioned in Colonial iiistory as having 
advanced money toward defraying the exjicnses 
of the invasion of Canada. He was twice 
married; and iiis son. Captain .Samuel .Siiack- 
ford, who was a prominent resident of New- 
ington, N.H., during the Revolutionary War, 
was Mrs. Dow"s great-grandfather. Captain 
Samuel Shackford's first wife had twelve chil- 
dren, of whom Josiah, the tentli-liorn, was 
Mrs. Dow's grandfather. Josiah Shackford 
married Lydia Dennett; and, of his five chil- 
dren by her, Seth, the fifth-born, was Mrs. 
Dow's father. Seth Shackford was for forty 
years an insurance agent and a well-known 
farmer. He was elected to nearly every office 
within the gift of his fellow-towr.smen, in- 
chuling that of County Commissioner, and for 
two terms that of legislative Representative. 
He was a member of tiie h'ree Baptist church. 
His death happened in 1888, in his seventy- 
eighth year, and that of liis wife on I'ebruary 
29, 1864. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dow have had five cliildren — 
Seth, B. Frank, George, Hattie M., and 
Addie. George is a photographer, and re- 
sides in the West; Hattie M. is the wife of 
J. H. Thompson, and resides in P'armington, 
N.H.; Addie married Charles Leigliton, and 
lives in Haverhill, Mass. 15. Frank, who 
was for two years a book-keeper in Boston for 
William II. Dow, is now engaged in ]ihotog- 
raphy and assists his father upon the farm. 
He was recently re-elected to the Board of 
Education, on which he had jireviously served 
for three years; and he is a chartei- memiier of 
Crescent Lake Grange, No. 164. In politics 
Charles II. Dow is a Democrat. He has been 
Town Treasurer for two years, and a Repre- 



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sentative to the legislature for the same 

length of time. While a member of the 

legislature he served upon the Committee on 

the Insane Asylums. He is a Deacon of the 

First Congregational Church, and Mrs. Dow 

is a member. 

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'OHN H. NEALLKY, a keen and en- 
terprising business man of Strafford 
County, and one of the leading mer- 
chants of the city of Dover, was born August 
4, 1S53, in South Berwick, Me., the son of 
Benjamin Mason and Abbie (Pray) Nealley. 
He received his business education at I^ryant 
& Stratton's Commercial College in Portland, 
Me , whither he went after leaving the public 
schools of Biddeford. On arriving at man's 
estate he entered the mercantile circle by be- 
coming a clerk in a wholesale and retail gro- 
cery and grain store in Saco, Me., in which 
he was employed for two years. In 1871 he 
came to Dover, entering the dry-goods estab- 
lishment of his brother, the Hon. B. F. 
Nealley, for whom he clerked several years. 
In 1893 Mr. Nealley purchased the entire 
business of his brother, and is now proprietor 
of the store in which he was so long an em- 
ployee. In this, which is one of the most 
extensive establishments of the kind in this 
section of Strafford County, Mr. Nealley 
carries a complete stock of dry and fancy 
goods, including the latest novelties in his 
line. He spares neither time nor expense 
ill endeavoring to please his patrons, and has 
tiiereby secured a large and lucrative trade in 
this city and the surrounding towns. 

On September 12, 1877, Mr. Nealley mar- 
ried Miss Emma C. Cushing, a daughter of 
the late Thomas H. Cushing, of Dover. Po- 
litically, Mr. Nealley affiliates with the Re- 
publican party, and has been often solicited 
to accept responsible positions in the town or 



county government, but has general 1)- declined 
because of the engrossing demands of his busi- 
ness. He served, however, in the State legis- 
lature in 1889 and 1890 as Representative 
from Ward Three. Mr. Nealley is a member 
of Strafford Lodge, F. & A. M., of Dover; of 
St. Paul Commandery, Knights Templar, hav- 
ing held office in the last-named bod)- for 
twenty years; and a member of the Order of 
Elks of this city. He attends and supports 
the First Parish Congregational Church, of 
which his wife is a member. 




G,vf> lELVILLE COX SPAULDING, 
M.D., an able physician and sur- 
geon of Til ton, and a veteran of 
the Civil War, was born in Chelsea, Vt., May 
4, 1842. His parents were the Rev. Russell 
H. and Lucinda (Leavitt) Spaulding, both of 
whom were natives of Vermont. His grand- 
father, Reuben Spaulding, was a pioneer in 
Sharon, Vt., where he erected a log house and 
cleared a farm. The grandfather subsequently 
sold his property there, and moved to Canaan, 
Vt., where he passed the rest of his life. 
Russell H. Spaulding, Dr. Spaulding's father, 
was born April 25, 1804; and his boyhood 
was spent upon a farm. He became a Meth- 
odist minister, and began preaching on the 
Ashburnham (Mass.) Circuit. He was later 
appointed Presiding Elder of the New Hamp- 
shire Conference, and resided for a time at 
Haverhill Corner, N.H. Being compelled by 
a severe throat affection to give up his charge, 
he bought a farm in Barnard, Vt., where he 
tilled the soil and preached occasionally. 
Upon his recovery he resumed his pastoral 
labors, but a short time later he was forced to 
retire from the pulpit by a return of the 
disease; and he purchased a farm in Rochester, 
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bought another farm in the same town, and 
occuiiicd it for the same length of lime. 
Tlicn, lia\-ing sohi his last purchase, he moved 
to L'nion Village, Vt. After residing tliere 
for a year, he removetl to Pittsfield, Vt., 
where he died in 1859. Politically, he was a 
Democrat. His wife, Lucinda Leavitt, was a 
daughter of Nehemiah Leavitt, and a native 
of Royal ton, Vt., born September 25, 1806. 
Her father was a native of Connecticut, who 
moved from that State to Vermont, and pur- 
chased the township of Royalton. In the 
early days of that section the Indians made 
their way up White River, and burned tiic 
town, which was about four miles distant from 
the Broad Ikook, on which Nehemiah lived. 
He was a prosperous farmer and the most 
prominent man in Royalton in his day. The 
maiden name of his wife was Polly Worm- 
wood. The Rev. Russell and Lucinda 
(Leavitt) Spaulding were the parents of si.x 
children, four of whom reached maturity, 
namely: Harriet, now the wife of Oliver Win- 
ship; Justin II., who is no longer living; 
Melville C, the subject of this sketch; and 
James R., who resides in Boston. Mr. and 
Mrs. VVinship are also residents of Boston, 
but at present are staying in San Francisco, 
Cal., for the benefit of their health. 

Melville Co.x Spaulding attended the 
Wesleyan Academy at Canaan, N.IL, and a 
school in Pittsfield, Vt. He read medicine 
with Dr. Brigham of the last-named town, and 
also gave some attention to music. He was 
able to play any brass instrument in 1861, 
when he entered the military service as a 
B-flat cornet player in the band connected with 
the F"ourth Vermont Regiment. He did this 
partly for the purpose of obtaining a knowl- 
edge of surgery, as the army offered superior 
advantages in that direction. The band was 
ordered home a year later, after which he at- 



tended lectures in the medical de])artmcnt of 
the L'niversity of Vermont, graduating there- 
from in iS'65. .Siiortly after he began |)rac- 
tice in Burke, Vt., where he resided for eight 
years. After a winter spent in attending 
lectures and visiting hospitals in Boston, he 
practised in Bethel, \'t., fur four years; in 
Wilmot, N.IL, for six years; and in Ashland, 
N.H., meeting with much success, for tliir- 
teen years. In the spring of 1896 he came to 
Tilton. Here he has charge of the hospital 
at the Soldiers' Home in addition to a gund 
general practice. 

On June II, 1S63, Dr. Spaulding was 
united in marriage with Mary Charlotte 
Lamb, daughter of Isaac Landi, of Stock- 
bridge, Vt. Of their five ciiildren, four at- 
tained maturity. These are: Josephine, now 
the wife of Fred K. Goodhue, of Wilmot, 
N.H. ; Grace L., who died some time ago; 
Roy II. and Harry IL, now engaged in manu- 
facturing, and who reside in Ashland. Dr. 
Spaulding owns a good residence, with four 
acres of land, in Ashland. He is connected 
with Mount Prospect Lodge, I-". & A. M. ; 
with the Independent Order of Odd P'ellows of 
Ashland; and he is Surgeon of O. W. Keyes 
Post, G. A. R., of that town. While residing 
in Bethel he was leader of the band. He 
still retains his interest in music. In polities 
he is a Republican. Both he and Mrs. 
Spauliling are members of the Methodist 
I'-piscopal churcli. 



Y^TFRBERT J. JONES, an enterprising 
f^l merchant and one of the most jiopu- 
-li® V ^ lar young men of Alton, was born 
in this town, September 12, i860, son of Jere- 
miah and Ellen M. (.Sawyer) Jones. I'-or 
three generations representatives of the Jones 
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Alton. The business was established by 
James Jones, grandfather of Herbert J. 
James Jones, who was liorn in Farmington, 
N.H., Sejitember 6, 1794, and came to this 
town when it was struggling into existence, 
started a small country store, which was the 
main source of supplies for the settlers. This 
was the foundation of the present business. 
Grandfather Jones lived to be over sixty years 
old. He was twice married. The maiden 
name of his first wife, whom he wedded in 
March, 1821, was Polly McDuffee. She died 
December 23, 1848; and on April 7, 1850, he 
wedded for his second wife Sally R. Clough. 
He was the father of four children, all by his 
first wife; namely, Jonathan, Eleanor, Jere- 
miah, and Lois. Jonathan travelled consider- 
ably, but always maintained his residence in 
Alton, and was buried here; Eleanor is now 
the widow of Charles P. Emerson, formerly a 
merchant in Alton Ray; Lois, the youngest, 
married Seymour Brown, and moved to 
Winona, Wis., where she died, leaving one 
son, who is now practising law. 

Jeremiah Jones, who was born in Farming- 
ton, came with his parents to Alton when he 
was ten years old. He acquired a good prac- 
tical education, and at an early age began to 
assist in carrying on the business. For some 
years previous to the death of his father he 
conducted the store. The store, then being 
rapidly outgrown by its business, was kept in 
a building which was also the family resi- 
dence. In 1855 Jeremiah Jones erected the 
present spacious quarters. Since then, under 
his able management and owing to the in- 
creased population of the town, the business 
has developed to one of considerable impor- 
tance. Some time ago he was obliged to add a 
storehouse to the building. He was for many 
years closely identified with local public 
affairs, serving as Town Treasurer, Post- 



master, and County Commissioner; and the 
zeal and ability he displayed in these offices 
were heartily commended by his fellow-towns- 
men. . His wife, Ellen M., is a native of 
Alton. Her father, the late Daniel Sawyer, 
was one of the stirring men of his day, served 
as a Selectman and in other town offices, was 
also a member of the Governor's Council, and 
a Justice of the Peace for many years. Mr. 
and Mrs. Jeremiah Jones have reared two 
sons — Herbert J. and Percy S. Percy S., 
who was educated at the New Hampton, 
Academy, and is now connected with his 
father's business, is a musician of more than 
ordinary merit and the organist of the Free 
Baptist church. Some time ago he was Town 
Clerk, and discharged the duties of that office 
in a manner that gave much promise for his 
future career. 

After attending the P"ranklin Academy at 
Dover, N.H., for a time, Herbert J. Jones 
graduated from the academy in New Hampton, 
and then took a commercial course. Subse- 
quently "he went to Des Moines, la., and there 
for two years was receiving clerk for the 
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Com- 
pany. He was then collector for the White 
Line Transfer Company for a year. In 1884 
he returned to Alton, where he has since been 
in partnership with his father. It is stated 
that Messrs. Jones carry a larger stock of gen- 
eral merchandise than any other concern in 
this section, staple goods, such as sugar, 
grain, and oil, being purchased by the carload. 
The enterprising spirit of Herbert J. Jones 
has carried him into other fields of business 
speculation. He is the largest resident stock- 
holder of the Alton Water Works, and for the 
past three years he has been a Director of the 
New England Retail Grocery Publishing Com- 
pany. When the Alton Five Cent Savings 
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assignee by the Court. For some time lie 
has l)een a Justice of the Peace aiul a Notary 
Tublic. 

On October 5, 18S7, Mr. Jones was united 
in marriage with Jennie Dodge, daughter of 
James and Bet.sy (Tallant) Dodge, of Pem- 
broke, N.II. Edna D., their only child, born 
April I, 18S9, died October 5, 1891. Mr. 
Jones is Master of the Exchequer of Cochcco 
Lodge, No. 28, Knights of Pythias, and a 
member of the Grand Lodge of New Hamp- 
shire. In politics he is a Democrat and one 
of that party's most efficient leaders in Alton. 
A delegate to the Democratic National Con- 
vention of i8g6, he proved that he had the 
courage of his convictions by bolting the Chi- 
cago platform and the candidacy of William 
Jennings Bryan. He was elected Selectman 
of Alton in 1894, re-elected in 1894, 1895, 
1S96, and 1897; and he was Chairman of the 
Board for two years. In both administrations 
of President Cleveland he was Postmaster of 
Alton. 



/2)eORGE D. McDUFFEE, an enter- 
\ |o)T prising and energetic member of the 
farming community of Dover, was 
born January 19, 1867, on the homestead 
where he has since lived, son of James Y. 
McDuffee. James McDuffee, born in Roches- 
ter, this county, May 28, 1827, is a son of 
John and Sal ley (Hayes) McDuffee. He was 
reared to agricultural pursuits, which he fol- 
lowed in his native town until 1849. He 
then came to Dover, and here purchased the 
homestead on which he now resides. While 
a capable business man, he takes an earnest 
interest in the growth and prosperity of his 
adopted town, and is ever willing to contrib- 
ute of his time and means to further its inter- 
ests. He has been Councilman besides serv- 
ing in various minor offices. Sincere in his 



religious convictions, he is a member of the 
I'"ree IJaptist church. He married Abigail !•". 
Jenness. ami they Ijecaine the parents of seven 
children, namely: John E. ; Carrie 1^. ; 
Stephen J.; George D., the subject of this 
sketch; Abbie M.; and two children that 
died in infancy. 

George D. McDuffee was educated in the 
public schools of Dover, attending first the 
district school anil afterward Franklin Acad- 
emy, and graduating from the latter with the 
class of 1885. Since that time Mr. McDuffee 
has been engaged with his father in farming 
and dairying. The farm of seventy-five acres, 
with its improvements and appointments, 
gives unmistakable evidence of the good judg- 
ment with which it is managed. Mr. Mc- 
Duffee has made a close study of the different 
branches of agriculture, which he carries on 
after the most approved modern methods. In 
politics Mr. McDuffee is a stanch adherent ol 
the Republican party. He has served accept- 
ably on the School Board for the past four 
years. He is affiliated with the Patrons of 
Husbanilry, and a memi)er of the Congrega- 
tional church. He was married January 19, 
1 888, to Miss Nellie M. Furber, a daughter 
of Charles and Hannah (Hatch) Furber, of 
Milton. 



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inX UDLEY B. WALDRON, a thriving 
l^rH agriculturist of Rochester, was born 
r-^>Ly on the farm which he now owns and 
occupies, October 8, 1838, .son of James 
Waldron. His paternal grandfather, also 
named James Waldron, was of English de- 
scent, and served as a soldier in the Revolu- 
tionary War, afterward locating in the town of 
Dover, N.H., of which he was a pioneer. 
James Waldron, Jr., the father of Duilley 15., 
born in Dover, came to Rochester when a lad. 
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which his father bought on coming here. 
Succeeding to the property afterward, he car- 
ried on general farming and lumbering until 
Jiis death, which occurretl in May, 1S73. He 
was an earnest, faithful laborer, caring but 
little for ijublic life, and though an earnest 
sujiporter of the Democratic party never held 
office. His first wife, whose maiden name 
was Mary Page, died about ten years after 
their marriage, leaving no children. His 
second wife, Hannah (Roberts) Waldron, 
lived less than a year after the union; and 
their only child, James, met his death by_ac- 
cident in a machine shop of Muscatine, la. 
He subsequently married Abigail Burnham, of 
Milton, and they reared three children; 
namely, Sarah, Mary, and Dudley B. 

Dudley B. Waldron received his education 
in the Rochester and Lebanon schools, which 
he attended in the winter season until he was 
twenty years old. Since coming into posses- 
sion of the homestead, on which he has always 
resided, Mr. Waldron has been engaged in all 
the different branches of agriculture. At one 
time he had a large and choice dairy, and car- 
ried on an extensive milk business. He is 
still engaged in dairying to some extent. The 
tarm contains two hundred acres of land, lying 
on the "ten-rod road," about two and one-half 
miles from Rochester. Mr. Waldron is a 
stanch Democrat in his political affiliations, 
and has served his fellow-townsmen in sundry 
positions of trust. Before the incorporation 
of the city he was Selectman and a member of 
the School Board. In 1891 and 1892 he was 
elected to the City Council, and served on 
some of the more important committees, in- 
cluding those of Public Instruction, Printing, 
ant! the Revision of Ordinances. He has 
been a Justice of the Peace for over thirty 
years. 

Mr. Waldron has had a very brief wedded 



life. His wife, whose maiden name was 
Celia Hodgdon, died in August, 1875, about 
three years after the marriage. Their only 
child lived but a short time. Mr. Waldron 
belongs to Motolinia Lodge, I. O. O. l*". , 
Rochester. He is very active and prominent 
in grange work, having been Master of 
Rochester Grange for two years and the .Sec- 
retary for twelve years. He has also been 
Secretary of the P^astern New Hami)shire 
Pomona Grange. 




lAZELLAH L. CRANE, a well- 
:nown manufacturer of knitting 
machines in Lakeport, lielknap 
County, N.H., was born here, April 27, 1858, 
son of John S. and Clara J. (Smith) Crane. 

The Crane family has been a representative 
one throughout New England. Jasper Crane 
signed the "fundamental agreements" of the 
New Haven Colony, June 4, 1639, and was an 
assistant of that colony ten years and of the 
united Connecticut colony three years. Henry 
Crane settled in that part of Dorchester, Mass., 
that is now Milton. His descendants are nu- 
merous. One of them, John by name, born in 
1658, settled in Taunton, Mass. He was the 
progenitor of the numerous families of that 
name in Norton and Canton, Mass. Luther 
Crane was a native of Canton. 

Luther Crane, grandfather of the subject of 
this sketch, was by trade a hatter. Naturally 
ingenious and with a turn for mechanics, he 
set up the first cotton loom ever used in the 
city of Lowell. He was there employed as a 
sjjinner in the Hamilton Mills. He lived to 
be eighty-five years of age. Only two of his 
five children survive. 

John S. Crane, the father of Mazellah L. , 
was born in Ware, Mass. He learned the 
machinist's trade at Salmon Falls, N.H. : and 
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Mass., and IManclicstcr, N.ll. Tn 1855 he 
wont to Franklin in tliis State, where he had 
his hrst e\[ierience in connection witli Icnit- 
ing machines. In 1856 he became interested 
in the manufacturing industries at I.akeport, 
being here first employed by B. J. Cole to 
buikl knitting machines for Thomas Apple- 
ton. Step by step he became master of the 
trade, until in 1873 he designed and per- 
fected a machine on the same principle for 
making shirts and other underwear. In 1875 
he was Representative to the legislature from 
Laconia and in 1878 from Gilford. Since 
1S72 he has been engaged in the manufacture 
of knitting machines. 

Mazellah L. Crane, the only child of his 
parents, attended the common schools and New 
Hampton Institute, after which he learned the 
machinist's trade in his father's factory. In 
1885 he became associated in the business 
with his father, under the firm name of Crane 
^Manufacturing Company, of which he is the 
efficient Secretary and Treasurer. They are 
men of recognized commercial ability, and are 
on a good financial basis. On February 5, 
1S96, Mr. Crane was united in marriage with 
Fannie E. Taylor, of Laconia. There are two 
daughters by a previous marriage. Mr. Crane 
is a member of Endicott Rock Loilge, No. 20, 
K. P., of this town. 



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;_AMUEL S. PARKER, an able and 
successful lawyer, actively engaged 
in the practice of his profession at 
l""armington, was born May g, 1855, in Wolf- 
boro, N. H., a son of Harry S. and Hester A. 
Parker. He is a direct descendant of one 
William Parker, who settled in Portsmouth, 
this State, in i6g8. William's son, also 
named William, born in Portsmouth, N.H., 
was Judge of the Superior Court of Judicature, 



Surrogate Judge of Admiralty, and for several 
terms a member of the Colonial Assembly. 

Matthew Stanley Parker, a son of Judge 
Parker, was the first of the family to locate in 
Wolfboro, where he was numbered among the 
influential farmers of the community. Mat- 
thew's son, Henry R. Parker, through whom 
the line was continued, spent his entire life 
in Wolfboro, chieHy engaged in farming. 
Samuel S. Parker, son of Henry R. and grand- 
father of the subject of this sketch, also s]ient 
his life in the town in which he was born, va- 
riously employed as teacher, farmer, and mer- 
chant. Harry S. Parker removed frt)m Wolfboro 
to Farmington in 1867, and has since been 
identified with the town's agricultural and 
industrial interests as a farmer and merchant. 
Possessing much force of character, he natu- 
rally occupies an influential position in the 
community. He has been twice electeil to the 
State legislature from Farmington. PInder 
President Cleveland's first administration he 
was appointed Postmaster of this town, and 
subsequently held the office for four years. 

Samuel S. Parker began his studies in the 
common schools and academy of Wolfboro. 
From Wolfboro, when a lad of twelve years, 
he came to Farmington with his parents, and 
was subsequently a pupil in the l-'armington 
High School. Afterward his education was 
continued at the New Hampton Literary and 
Scientific Institute, h'roni i8Sj until 1887 
he was engaged in the shoe business at Haver- 
hill, Mass. Returning then to Farmington, 
he entered the law office of George N. East- 
man. Later he pursued his law studies with 
the Hon. J. G. Hall and Judge R. G. I'ike, of 
Dover, N.H., both lawyers of eminence. In 
July, 1890, Mr. Parker was admitted to the 
New Hampshire bar. Ne.xt month he oj^ened 
an office in Farmington, where he has already 
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He luis a sound kiiowlcilgc ut law, a decided 
talent lor business, is iionorable in his 
methods, and he stands well with his brother 
lawyers and clients. He is one of the trus- 
tees of the Hiram liarker estate. For the 
past three years he has been President of the 
l'id)lic Library Association. A member of 
Woodbine Lodge, No. 41, L O. O. F., of 
Farmington, he works earnestly to advance 
the interests of the order. 

On May 10, 1879, ^^r. Parker married Miss 
Mary E. Home, of this town, a daughter of 
Jacob and Amanda Home. Their pleasant 
home is a favorite resort for their many 
friends, to whom they e.xtend a generous hos- 
pitality. Mr. and Mrs. Parker hold liberal 
views regarding reliiiion, and attend the Con- 
gregational church. 



Tt^EV. LEWIS MALVERN, pastor of 
I |^~^ the First 15a]:)tist Church of Laconia, 
i-P V ^ N. H.. was born in Cheltenham, 
Gloucestershire, England, June 9, 1846, his 
parents being Thomas and Elizabeth (Lewis) 
Malvern. On the maternal side he is a de- 
scendant of Sir John Lewis, of Wales. One 
of his ancestors served as a captain under 
Wellington at the battle of Waterloo. 

His paternal grandfather, Charles Malvern, 
was a wool stapler and tanner, and owned sev- 
eral large tan yards at Newent, England. He 
married Mary Cannon, of Newent, on October 
I, 1779, the ceremony taking place in St. 
Mary's Church. He lived to the age of 
seventy-three, and died in 1S21, leaving tliree 
children — Charles, John, and Thomas. Both 
grandparents were members of the Church of 
England, and were accounted persons of more 
than ordinary intelligence. 

Thomas Malvern, son of Charles and Mary 
Malvern, was born in Newent, England, on 



January 9, 1795. He received a good educa- 
tion, grailuating from Priestly Academy, 
Newent. His early life was spent in Tewks- 
bury; but from 1840 until the time of his 
death, in 1S70, he was located in Cheltenham. 
In all religious matters he took a deeji inter- 
est, and was very active as a lay preacher. 
His wife, Elizabeth Lewis, survived him four 
years. They had seven children. 

Lewis, the youngest-born, was educated at 
Cheltenham Academy under Dr. Henry Hay- 
men, who later succeeded Dr. Temple as head 
master at Rugby, and other institutions in his 
native city. Early in life his inclinations 
were strongly on the side of religious prin- 
ciples, and after leaving college he preached 
as a supply in different pulpits. It was dur- 
ing this interval, when he was deciding his 
future career, that an event occurred which 
shaped his future life. He received a letter 
from his absent brother, urging him to come 
to these shores. In doubt as to what he 
should do, he took the letter to his room, laid 
it open before him on his bed, and kneeling 
asked divine guidance as to his future course. 
As plainly as though spoken, he heard the 
word "Go." Rising, he went downstairs, in- 
formed his mother of his intention, and asked 
her consent. Tearfully she gave her permis- 
sion, and in 1871 he landed in America with 
the intention merely of making a short visit. 
But immediately upon his arrival in his 
brother's parish an opening came, and after 
considerable objection on his part he was in- 
duced to supply a pulpit at Barrington. Here 
he preached for three summers, and at the 
same time attended New Hampton Institute. 
He also filled pulpits at Ashland and at 
Dover. 

He was ordained at Bristol, N.H., where he 
held a pastorate for four years. In 1876 he 
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nienibership at that time was small, number- 
ing but one hundred, and the society was finan- 
cially embarrassed by a debt of eighteen hun- 
dred dollars. In the following October the 
ciiurch building was destroyed by fire, with no 
insurance to cover the loss. Inspired with a 
new zeal, the iseople, largely assisted and en- 
couraged by their pastor, raised sufficient 
funds to rebuild the church, this time free of 
debt. The church membership has increased 
to nearly three hundred since Mr. Malvern's 
acceptance of the call, and the steady interest 
maintained in the church is conclusive evi- 
dence that pastor and people are one in spirit. 
Since Mr. Malvern came to Laconia in 1876, 
he has received several calls to other fields 
of work. He invariably declined all offers 
until 1880, when he accepted a call to Man- 
chester, N. H., where he remained till 1883. 
During that year, preferring to share the joys 
and sorrows of his first people, he returned to 
Laconia, where he remains at the present time. 
In 1896, on account of the business dep'res- 
sion, he voluntarily reduced his salary from 
fifteen hundred dollars to twelve hundred dol- 
lars; and this thoughtful care for his people 
was fully appreciated by them. 

Mr. Malvern is well known throughout the 
State as an able lecturer, his fa\'orite themes 
being "European Tours," "The World's 
Fair," "Masonry," "Our Country," and 
"The Civil War." Mr. Malvern is a mem- 
ber of Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, F. 
& A. M. ; Helknap R. A. Chapter, No. 8, 
of Dover: Pilgrim Commandery, K. T., of 
Laconia; Atlonirani Council of Manchester; 
Winipiseogee Lodge, No. 7, I. O. O. F. ; 
and Laconia lincampment, No. 9. He was 
Grand Master of New Hampshire, 1884 to 
18S5, and was Past Grand Representative to 
the Grand Lodge at Denver, Col., in 1886. 
He was elected as Grand Representative 



twice, but illness prevented his attendance the 
first time. He is also a member of D. of Re- 
bekah, and Mount Belknap Lodge, No. 20, 
K. P., where he has held all the chairs, and 
is P. C; also belongs to U. O. G. C. ; Gran- 
ite Lodge, No. 3, A. O. U. W. ; and the 
I. O. G. T. ; and is Honorary Colonel in the 
U. V. L^ He was elected to serve on the 
School Board for a three years' term. He is 
the President of the Laconia Ministers' Asso- 
ciation, and for five years jiresided over the 
New Hampshire yearly meeting. 

August 13, 1874, the Rev. Lewis Malvern 
married Mary Brindley, of Derby, England. 
They have one daughter, a graduate of the La- 
conia High School in 1895. 



KA FAYETTE WOODMAN, a bo.x manu- 
facturer of Alton, was born in this 
■■i*^ town, August 19, 1824, son of Sam- 
uel and Betsey (Lougee) Woodman. His 
grandfather, Jeremiah Woodman, was an early 
settler in Alton. A fuller account of Jere- 
miah Woodman and his family is given in the 
biography of the late Jeremiah Woodman. 
Samuel Woodman, Lafayette Woodman's 
father, was reared upon his father's farm, and 
for some years assisted in its cultivation. In 
his later years he was engaged in ojjerating 
saw-mills, but he eventually resumed farming. 
His last days were passed near his son, La- 
fayette, and he died April 8, 1864, aged sixty- 
nine years. He was a Representative to the 
legislature, and acted as a Justice of the 
Peace. His wife, Betsey, who was a native 
of Barnstead, N. H., became the mother of 
nine children; namely, Jeremiah, Mary, Ann, 
Louise, Lafayette, Adeline, Luella, Simeon, 
and Fanny. Mrs. Samuel Woodman died 
March 28, 1881, aged eighty-one years. 

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native town. When a young man he began to 
work in his father's mili. At the age of 
twenty-five he and his brother Jeremiah en- 
tered into partnership for the purpose of en- 
<Ta<^ing in the manufacturing of lumber. 
Commencing with borrowed capital, they were 
soon at the head of a good business, which en- 
abled them to pay their debts, and they con- 
tinued together for three years. Lafayette 
Woodman then started a box manufactory 
alone, and, with the exception of a short in- 
terval in which he was associated with E. H. 
York in the shoe business, he has followed 
that line for thirty years.- "At the time of em- 
barking in business for himself he bought the 
farm where he now resides. The estate fur- 
nishes him with abundant recreation as well 
as a pleasant home. 

Mr. Woodman married Mrs. Cordelia M. 
(Jones) Colbath, daughter of Cyrus Jones, a 
carpenter of Rochester, N. H. By her union 
with Samuel Colbath, her first husband, Mrs. 
Woodman had four children; namely, George 
F., Samuel E., Charles H., and a daughter 
who died at the age of twenty-three years. 
George F. is now a railroad conductor in Ari- 
zona ; and Samuel E. is a box manufacturer in 
Alton. Politically, Mr. Woodman is a Re- 
publican, and he has served as a Selectman, 
and was a member of the Constitutional Con- 
vention held in 1876. He attends the Con- 
gregational church. 



(S^OHN W. TIBBETTS, of East Roches- 
^-^ I ter, the genial proprietor of the 
Vcd' Glendon House, and the senior mem- 
ber of the livery firm Tibbetts & Hayes, was 
born January 5, 1S31, in Dover, N.H., where 
his grandfather, John Tibbetts, was a pioneer 
settler. His father, Samuel H. Tibbetts, 
also a native of Dover, born February 11, 



1807, was reared in that town, and afterward 
became one of its foremost citizens. Samuel 
was for many years prosperously engaged in 
tilling the soil. He was also a well-known 
hotel man, having owned and conducted the 
old Heath House on Washington Street. In 
Dover he served in several of the minor offices, 
and he invariably supported the Democratic 
party. He died in September, 1858, at the 
age of fifty-one years. His wife, Belinda 
(Cross) Tibbetts, who belonged to Rochester, 
bore him six children. Three are living. 
These are: Hannah, the wife of Andrew J. 
Hodgson; Ira J., a retired Methodist minis- 
ter, living in Los Angeles, Cal.; and John 
W., the subject of this sketch. 

John W. Tibbetts acquired his education in 
the common schools of Dover. He afterward 
served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's 
trade in the same city. For two years there- 
after he worked for Woodbury S. Mains, who 
built the first town hall in that place. In 
1850 he located in Rochester, embarking in 
business for himself as a "boss carpenter." 
In addition to that he engaged in lumbering, 
at which he has since continued, doing now 
quite an extensive business. Some time later 
he entered the livery business. In 1879 he 
built his present hotel at East Rochester. 
Both the livery and hotel have proved ]irofit- 
able. A steadfast Republican, he is always 
loyal to the best interests of his party. He 
has voted the party ticket since 1852, when he 
cast his first Presidential vote for General 
Scott. He was Selectman for two years im- 
mediately preceding the incorporation of 
Rochester as a city, and Councilman for the 
following two years. In 1873 and 1875 he 
was a Representative to the State legislature. 

In May, 1854, Mr. Tibbetts married Char- 
lotte F. Chamberlain, who died January i, 
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second marriage with Miss Clara W. Blais- 

dell, of Lebanon, Me. They have become the 

parents of two children, one of whom is now 

deceased. The surviving child is Cora 1^., 

now the wife of Joseph O. Hayes. Mr. Tib- 

betts is a Mason of high standing, belonging 

to Humane Lodge, No. 21, of Rochester; to 

Temple Chapter, R. A. M. ; and to Orphan 

Council. He has also taken all the degrees 

of the Odd Fellows order, and is one of the 

charter members of Cocheco Lodge of East 

Rochester. 

« * ■ » » 

(UTHER CALVIN CRITCHETT, a 
prominent farmer of Strafford, was 
born in that town, July 31, 1835, 
son of Reuben and Betsey (Dame) Critchett. 
The family is of Welsh extraction, Mr. 
Critchett's great-grandfather being a Welsh- 
man, who came to this country as an agent to 
settle land disputes. Richard P. Critchett, 
the grandfather, born July 13, 1756, in 
Somersworth, N.H., where he followed the 
occupation of a farmer, served in the Revolu- 
tionary War, and fought at the battle of 
Bunker Hill. By his wife, whose maiden 
name was Molly Cook, he became the father 
of twelve children. 

Reuben Critchett was born March 18, 
1796, in that part of Barrington now called 
Strafford, and received a good education. 
After working out until he reached his major- 
ity, he engaged in farming on shares for a 
number of years. Later he went to Loudon, 
N.H., where he remained for two years. 
Then he returned to Strafford, and bought a 
small farm of twenty-four acres. A few years 
after he bought a lot in the village, and built 
a house, in which he lived for three or four 
years. In March, 1835, he removed to the 
farm on which his son now resides, and there 
made his home until the time of his death in 



1882. Before the Civil War he was a Demo- 
crat, but he always refused to be a candidate 
liir jniblic office, though frequently urged to 
allow himself to be nominated. He and his 
brother Samuel served in the War of 1S12 at 
Fort Wasliington, near Portsmouth. His 
wife, Betsey, who was a daughter of Jonathan 
Dame, of Strafford, bore him three children — 
Olive S., Asenath A., and Luther Calvin 
Critchett. Both Reuben Critchett and his 
wife were members of the l-'ree Will Baiitist 
church. 

Luther C. Critchett received his early edu- 
cation in the district schools, and in the acad- 
emy at Manchester, N.H. Then he learned 
the machinist's trade in Manchester. After- 
ward he came back to his native place, where 
he has resided since. He cultivates about 
twenty-five acres of land, hay being his largest 
crop, and also raises large quantities of veal 
for market. Mr. Critchett's experience in the 
army during the late war was one of the most 
stirring epochs of his life. On the first day 
of October, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, 
Fifteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Vol- 
unteer Infantry. While serving under the 
mortar battery at the siege of Port Hudson, 
the drum of one of his ears was ruptured by 
the detonations of the guns. On August 13, 
1863, he was honorably discharged. At one 
time, without knowing it until one hour after 
the polls had opened, Mr. Critchett was a 
candidate for Selectman on the Republican 
ticket. Though the town was then strongly 
Democratic, he came within three or four 
votes of election. Mr. Critchett has never 
aspired to political honors, preferring the 
quiet of private life. He has been Justice of 
the Peace for a considerable time, and a Con- 
stable for about twenty years. He has shown 
much public spirit throughout his life, has 
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many friends, and his opinion is sought by 
his fellow-townsmen on many subjects. On 
January I, 1865, he married Sarah J., daugh- 
ter of George VV. Caswell, of Strafford. She 
died March 13, 1892, leaving no children. 



-OHN EDWIN CHESLEY, a promi- 
nent and successful farmer of the town 
of Rochester, was born December 17, 
1833, on the homestead where he now re- 
sides, son of John and Lavinia (Chamberlain) 
Chesley. The Chesley family have long been 
known in Strafford County as among the earli- 
est settlers of this part of the State, and as 
pioneers of Durham. Shedrick Chesley, the 
paternal grandfather of John E., born and 
reared in Durham, came from there to Roches- 
ter. 

John Chesley settled on the farm which his 
son now occupies, and was well known in this 
vicinity as a most practical and energetic 
farmer. He was a Democrat in politics, but 
took no part in the management of local 
affairs. He married Miss Lavinia Chamber- 
lain, daughter of Amos Chamberlain, of Leb- 
anon, Me. Of his si.x children by her, three 
are new living, namely: John Edwin, the 
subject of this sketch; Elizabeth, the widow 
of the late Larkin Harrington, of Le.xington, 
Mass. ; and Albert, of Lynn, Mass. The 
father dieil on the old homestead in 1876, at 
the age of sixty-one years, and the mother on 
June 4, 1882, aged seventy-four years. 

John E. Chesley acquired his education in 
the public schools of Rochester. He has had 
the charge of the homestead since attaining 
his majority. The property contains two hun- 
dred acres of land, finely located on the 
Chesley Hill road, where he is carrying on 
general farming after the most approved scien- 
tific methods, making gardening a specialty, 



and raising each year large quantities of fruit 
and vegetables for the Rochester market. He 
has greatly increased the value of the estate 
since it came into his possession by improve- 
ments of an excellent character. The house 
which his father built has been replaced by 
one of more modern construction. A man of 
his business enterprise necessarily occupies a 
somewhat influential position in the commun- 
ity, although he is not active in politics. He 
has frequently refused public offices from his 
party, his time being occupied in farming. 

On September 3, 1865, Mr. Chesley married 
Miss Elizabeth Horn, daughter of Jonathan 
Horn, of Rochester. They have two children, 
namely: Gertrude, the wife of Ellsworth 
Pearl, of this town; and Guy E. , a student in 
the University Vet. College of Philadelphia, 
Pa. They are members of the Congregational 
church, and contribute their full share toward 
its support. 

I^TARRY P. EVANS, the only under- 
r^l taker of Alton, was born here, Au- 

Ji® ^ gust 2, 1863, son of Dudley P. and 

Martha C. (Kimball) livans. His great- 
grandfather, who was one of the earliest set- 
tlers of Alton, had seven children —- Ziza, 
Daniel, Nathaniel, William, Martha, Han- 
nah, and Mercy. William, born in Alton, 
spent his life in this town. He and Sarah, 
his wife, had six children; namely, Hanson, 
Robert, Sarah Jane, Dudley P., Patience, and 
Ira. The last named died when about twenty- 
one years old, and Robert in i8go; Hanson is 
married and lives on the homestead; Sarah, 
who is the wife of Ira Varney, resides 
in Alton. Patience, now deceased, married 
Daniel Hayes, of Alton, also deceased, and 
had three children — Charlotte, Ellen, and 
Seth, all of whom are living. 

Dudley P. Evans, born in Alton, May 20, 




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1830, received his eiliicatit)n in a district and 
a private scliool. When but fourteen years 
old he began learning the undertaicing and 
wheelwright business with Daniel and Ste- 
phen Hayes, with whom he remained seven 
years. He next went to Dover, N.H., where 
he worked in the same line of business a few 
years. Then returning to Alton, he bought 
out Hayes Brothers, and conducted the busi- 
ness on his own account until his death. For 
a number of years he did quite an exten- 
sive business in carriage-making, and up to 
1878 manufactured all the coffins sold by him. 
He served as Superintendent of Schools for 
several years, and was Deputy Sheriff for ten 
years in succession. At the end of that pe- 
riod, no sheriff having been appointed, he 
began to perform the duties of that office, and 
continued to do so for the ensuing two years. 
He was then appointed to the office for a term 
of four years. He was in the second year of 
his term when he died November 8, 1892, 
aged sixty-one years and some months. He 
also held the office of Town Clerk for a num- 
ber of years, and sometimes he was Moderator 
at town meetings. He was a member of Win- 
nipiseogce Lodge of Masons and the Knights 
of Honor; also an attendant of the Congrega- 
tional church, of which his first wife was a 
member. Martha C, his first wife, was a 
daughter of Nehemiah Kimball, a farmer and 
lumberman, who, with his brother, owned a 
saw-mill. Mr. Kimball, who was born at 
Chestnut Hill, Rochester, N.H., married 
Nancy Norris, and had a son and two daugh- 
ters — Sarah, Joseph, and Martha. Sarah 
married Amos Rollins; Joseph married and 
was living in Massachusetts at the time of his 
death; and Martha taught school in Alton for 
several terms prior to her marriage to Dudley 
livans. Martha and Dudley Evans had two 
children — Harry P. and Mabelle, both of 



whom live at home. Mrs. Evans died on Au- 
gust 2, 1876. On April 7, 1877, Dudley P. 
Evans formed a second union with Mary A. C. 
Miller, one of the eight children of Nathaniel 
Miller, a farmer and teamster of Alton. 

Harry P. Evans began working with his 
father at an early age. Since his father's 
death he has continued the business with good 
success, and has won many friends in both a 
social and a business way. In politics he is 
a Democrat. 



(^^OHN S. GLASS, a retired capitalist 
and real estate dealer of Dover, N. H., 
numbered among the most successful 
and substantial business men of the city, tlied 
at his residence, 180 Washington Street, 
April 12, 1897. He was born May 14, 1822, 
in Nottingham, Rockingham County, where 
the family had long been settled and ranked 
among the best in the town. His father, 
John Glass, who was a lifelong resident fif 
Nottingham, being there engaged in agricult- 
ural pursuits, died April 30, 1838, at the 
comparatively early age of forty-four years. 
His mother, in maidenhood Abigail J. De- 
meritt, who was born in Durham, Strafford 
County, lived just half a century. 

After comi)leting his studies at the Roches- 
ter Academy, John S. Glass remained on the 
parental homestead, busily engaged in general 
farming until 1855. The following year he 
spent in Durham to recuperate his health, 
which had became very jmor. He then came 
to Dover, and secured a situation as a clerk in 
a store, of which within a year he became the 
proprietor. At the end of twelve months he 
disposed of the place, and began building 
dwelling-houses and stores, for many years 
carrying on an extensive business as a dealer 
in real estate. He accjuired a good deal of 
city property, embracing about twenty-five 



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tenement houses, and four large wooden 
structures used for business purposes. He 
possessed financial ability of a high order, 
was keen and far-sighted, and quick to take 
advantage of favorable opportunities for add- 
ing to his accumulatio!is, and in all of his 
transactions he was honorable and upright. 
His advice was often sought in monetary 
affairs. 

Mr. Glass was twice married. His first 
marriage was contracted October 16, 1857, 
with Mary J. Demeritt, who died January 27, 
1875. On February 14, 1S77, he married 
Miss Sarah A. Ham, of Dover, daughter of 
the late Daniel Ham. In politics Mr. Glass 
was a pronounced Republican. As Assessor 
for fifteen years, and a member of the Common 
Council for two years, he was actively identi- 
fied with the city government. He was like- 
wise for seven or eight years Justice of the 
Peace. For several years he was a Trustee of 
the Cocheco Bank, and he was Vice-President 
of the Cocheco Savings and National Bank. 
Quiet and unassuming, he was highly es- 
teemed as a man of sterling worth. 




kOAH SIMPSON WARD, who owns 
and occupies one of the first farms 
cleared in New Hampton, was born 
where he now resides, September 8, 1837, son 
of Benjamin and Sally P. (Pease) Ward. His 
great-grandfather, the Rev. Jeremiah Ward, 
came to New Hampton, when that town was 
struggling into existence, and there cleared 
from the wilderness the farm that has since re- 
mained in the family's possession. When 
Jeremiah built his log house he had to guard 
himself against wild animals, and there were 
no roads to the outer world from the woods. 
He became a Congregationalist preacher, was 
the first settled minister in this town, and 



continued his pastoral labors until old age 
compelled him to retire. Upon the occasion 
of his last sermon, he was assisted into the 
pulpit by his son. He was a sturdy pioneer 
as well as a faithful and devout shepherd. 

Noah Ward, grandfather of the subject of 
this sketch, was born at the homestead, and 
succeeded to its possession. He tilled the 
soil during his active period, and passed his 
last days in this town. He married Nancy 
Sanborn, and his family of si.x children were: 
Benjamin, Samuel, Aaron, Noah, Sally, and 
Polly. Benjamin Ward, son of Noah Ward, 
born April 6, 1806, inherited the homestead, 
and the active period of his life was spent in 
its cultivation. His wife, Sally, who was 
born November 6, 1806, and was a daughter of 
Simeon Pease, of Meredith, became the mother 
of five children, namely: Simeon P., who 
served with Company I, Twelfth Regiment, 
New Hampshire Volunteers, in the Civil War; 
Noah S., the subject of this sketch; John F. ; 
George; and Mary A. The parents were 
members of the Free Baptist church. 

Noah Simpson Ward passed his boyhood in 
attending the public schools and assisting his 
father on the farm. Since succeeding to its 
ownership he has not only given proof of the 
careful training he received, but has shown a 
spirit of enterprise that effectually demon- 
strates his progressive tendencies and good 
judgment. His farm contains two hundred 
acres, about thirty acres of which are used for 
general products, and have a reputation for su- 
perior crops. Making a specialty of breeding 
cattle, he keeps from eighteen to twenty head 
of fine stock. He has also five horses, and he 
produces from eight hundred to nine hundred 
pounds of butter annually. His buildings are 
kept in good repair, including the old barn 
which was built over eighty years ago, and is 
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Among a number of interesting family relics 
he has an ancient corner time-piece, which was 
taken by his grandfather in exchange for a 
yoke of oxen. 

On February 4, 1S65, Mr. Ward married 
Sarah Woodman, daughter of Noah Wood- 
man, of New Hampton. She is the mother of 
two children — Charles H. and Clarence E. 
Charles H. now resides in Rochester, N.H. 
In jiolitics Mr. Ward is a Democrat, as were 
his father and grandfather; and he is con- 
nected with Winnepcsaukee Grange of Mere- 
dith. Mrs. Ward is a member of the Free 
Baptist church. 



-AMES NELSON NICHOLS, a resi- 
dent of Tilton and the superintendent 
of the paper-mill in Ashland, was born 
in Abbott, Me., December 13, 1844, son of 
Elbridge G. and Beulah H. (Hodgkins) 
Nichols. His paternal great-grandfather, a 
sea captain, was lost while upon a foreign 
voyage. James Nichols, the grandfather, who 
passed the greater part of his life in Bruns- 
wick, Me., and was a ship-carpenter by trade, 
married Martha Clark. 

Elbridge G. Nichols, father of James N., 
was a native of Brunswick. When a young 
man he turned his attention to agricultural 
pursuits, and bought a farm in Abbott, Me., 
where he resided until i860. 

He then moved to De.\ter, and four years 
later to a farm in Corinna, Me. Here he con- 
tinued to till the soil up to within a few years 
of his death, when he returned to Dexter. He 
died in 1894, aged seventy-five years. In pol- 
itics he was a Democrat. His wife, Beulah, 
who was a daughter of Joseph Hodgkins, be- 
came the mother of eight children, seven of 
whom grew to maturity. The latter were: 
James N., the subject of this sketch; Harriet, 



who died at the age of sixteen years; Melvin 
S., who now resides at the homestead in Dex- 
ter; Franklin P. and Elbridge G., now resi- 
dents of Ashland, N.H. ; Willard A., of Au- 
gusta, Me.; and Lizzie M., who married 
Charles H. Haines, and is now deceased. 
The father was a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. 

James Nelson Nichols acquired his educa- 
tion in the public schools, and served an ap- 
prenticeship at the machinist's and mill- 
wright's trades. After working as a journey- 
man in different places, including a period of 
six years spent in a machine shop of Newton, 
Mass., he, in 1872, became superintendent of 
the paper-mill in Ashland. He has efficiently 
filled that responsible position since then, 
with the exception of about three years, which 
his enfeebled health obliged him to employ 
otherwise. This interval he passed upon a 
farm which he bought in 189 1, and where he 
fully regained his health in 1894. The farm 
contains eighty-five acres, twenty of which are 
under cultivation. Here, with the assistance 
of a hired man, he makes annually a consider- 
able quanity of butter of a superior quality, 
keeping a herd of thorough-bred Jersey cows, 
a small flock of sheep and two horses. 

Mr. Nichols married Lizzie M. Paine, 
daughter of Josiah Paine, of Abbott, Mc. 
Both he and Mrs. Nichols arc members of the 
Congregational church. Mr. Nichols was for 
five years superintendent of the Free Baptist 
Sunday-school in Ashland. He is connected 
with Harmony Grange of Sanbornton. In pol- 
itics he acts with the Republican party. 



B 

March 



AVID HAYES, of Rochester, an ex- 
tensive dealer in coal, wood, hay, 
and ice, was born in Alton, N. H., 

7, 1824, son of Joseph and Betsy 



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(Ikcwstcr) Hayes, the father a native of 
Alton, and the mother of Wolfboro, N. H. 
Joseph Hayes followed farming, was a pros- 
perous and enterprising citizen, and the father 
of eight children. In his political views he 
was a Whig of the old school. He lived to be 
about seventy-five years old ; and his wife, who 
came of a prominent family and was a sister of 
John Brewster, the founder of Wolfeboro Col- 
lege, was about seventy-si.x years of age at 
her death. 

David Hayes spent the early years of his 
life on the homestead. He received his edu- 
cation in the common schools aiid at Strafford 
and Gilmanton Academies, graduating from 
the latter institution when about twenty years 
of age. The following year he spent in Mas- 
sachusetts, working at farming in the summer 
and teaching a country school in the winter. 
Returning to Alton then, he continued to fol- 
low his plan of summer farming and winter 
teaching for about ten years, teaching two 
terms of school each winter. The next five 
years were spent in Farmington, where he had 
a position as cutter in the shoe shop. After 
that he came to Rochester and followed the 
same business for about twenty years. On 
leaving the shoe business, he started in the 
grain and grocery business; then went into the 
coal and wood business, and three or four years 
later added ice and hay to his stock. He now 
has a large and profitable trade. 

On Christmas Day, 185 1, Mr. Hayes mar- 
ried Miss Susan Pollard, of Somersworth, 
N.H. She died in May, 1859, leaving three 
children. These were: Fannie, who died at 
the age of twenty-three; Alonzo, who is en- 
gaged in a mercantile business in Leroy, 
Minn. ; and Charles F., who has a successful 
real estate business in Chicago, III. In 1861 
Mr. Hayes formed a second union with Miss 
Abbie B. Gibbs, of Essex, Mass. In national 



affairs he sujsports the Rei)uljlicaii part)', but 
is independent in local matters. He was Ta.\ 
Collector for one year, antl he served two 
years on the School Board. In Ihmiane 
Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M., he is a Past 
Master. He is a member of the Congrega- 
tional church. 



AMES D. MEADER, a successful 
farmer and horse dealer of Durham, 
Strafford County, was born on the home 
farm, December 31, 1852, son of Stephen and 
Mary J. (Pinkham) Meader. The founder of 
the family in this country was his great-grand- 
father Stephen. John Meader was his grand- 
father. Stephen Meader (second) was also 
born on the old homestead, and resided here 
his entire life. During his active years he 
was engaged in farming. In politics he was a 
loyal Republican, and he served the town 
acceptably in the ofifice of Selectman. His 
wife, Mary J., born in Durham, December 31, 
1823, bore him four children. These were: 
Mary Augusta, the wife of Cyrus Rand ; Jacob 
T., who died in 1869; James D., the subject 
of this sketch; and Ida I., who married Will- 
iam J. Martin, of New Market. Mr. Meader 
was a highly respected member of the Baptist 
church. He died October 22, 1890, in the 
seventy-first year of his age, leaving an un- 
blemished record. 

James D. Meader supplemented his common- 
school education by a course of study in the 
village academy of Northwood, N.H. His 
fine farm of one hundred and seventy acres, lo- 
cated on the Durham Point Road, four miles 
north of Durham, speaks well for his thrift 
and energy. He carries on general farming, 
and also deals advantageously in horses. In 
politics he affiliates with the Republican 
party. In 1870 Mr. Meader was married to 
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Tlicy have fdur childicn— iMcdcrick P., Alice 
M., IManche Iv, and Julia V.. Frederick P. 
resides in Rochester, N.M., where he is the 
manager and proprietor of a fine music store. 
Alice M., who was graduated from New Mar- 
ket High School, is also a resident of that 
tiiwn. Blanche E. is also a graduate from 
the same institution, and Julia K. is now pur- 
suing a course of study there. Mr. Meadcr is 
a member of Rising Star Lodge, F. & A. M. 
of New Market. 



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,ANIEL H. MOULTON, a large 
farmer of Gilmantoii, and a descend- 



B 

i — l- i fjV ant of one of the founders of Moul- 
tonboro, was born in Ellsworth, N.H., De- 
cember 4, 1S50, son of Chase P. and Sarah 
(Pillsbury) Moulton. The Moulton family is 
of English origin. Eldmund M. Moulton, 
grandfather of Daniel H., settled in Ells- 
worth when a young man, and engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits. He was an industrious 
man, a worthy citizen, and an active religious 
worker. His last days were spent in Camp- 
tnn, N.H., and he died in 1H57. His chil- 
dren were: Daniel, Gideon, Martha, Iktscy, 
Edmund, Jonathan, Lucretia, Iknjamin, Lu- 
cinda, and Chase P. Daniel, Gideon, Joseph, 
and Lucinda are no longer living. ]]enjamin 
resides in Minnesota; Jonathan lives in Wood- 
stock, N.H. ; and all the survivors have reared 
families. 

Chase P. Moulton was born in I^llsworth, 
and resided there until he was thirty years 
old. He then moved to Campton, where he 
remained eight years, at the end of which time 
he settled upon his present farm in Thornton, 
N.H. He is a prosperous farmer. For two 
years he represented the town in the legis- 
lature. His wife, Sarah, is a daughter of 
Caleb Pillsbury, a prominent agriculturist of 
Bridgewater, N.H., in his day. The Pillsbury 



family have notable annual reunions. Mr. and 
Mrs. Chase P. Moulton have had five children, 
four of whom are living, namely: Arthur C, 
who resides with his parents at the home- 
stead; Clara A., a graduate of the Plynmuth 
Normal School, and the wife of y\lbert Ran- 
dall, a machinist of Worce.ster, Mass. ; John 
VV. , who is married and lives in Greendale, 
Mass., having one child; and Daniel H., the 
subject of this sketch. 

Daniel H. Moulton was educated in Camp- 
ton and Thornton. At an early age he began 
to make himself useful upon the farm. Pre- 
vious to his marriage he was engaged in the 
lumber business with his brother, Arthur C, 
in Woodstock, for eight months. Then he 
bought a farm of one hundred acres, situated at 
the foot of Mount 15clkna[) in the town of Gil- 
manton. From a small beginning he has 
worked his way forward to the prominent place 
he now occupies among the leading agricult- 
urists of this section. As the result of his in- 
dustry, he now owns si.x hundred acres of land, 
constituting one of the largest farms in Gil- 
raanton. 

At the age of twenty-three Mr. Moulton was 
joined in marriage with Emma H. Page. Her 
father, R. W. Page, was a large land-owner 
and successful drover. A man of schidarly 
attainments and a forcible speaker, he was a 
leader of the Republican party in this section, 
and he ably represented this district in the 
legislature during the exciting times of the 
Civil War. His wife, Abbie 'P., was a 
daughter of Jonathan Sanborn. He bought of 
George W. Sanborn the farm which he Liter 
sold to his son-in-law, Daniel H. Moulton. 
R. W. Page was an active member of the Con- 
gregational church. Mrs. Moulton was grad- 
uated from the Gilmanton Academy, and 
taught school for several terms previous to her 
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— Lena A. and Carroll Harrison. Lena A. 
graduated from the Gilmanton Academy in 
June, 1S96. 

LONZO B. LANG, a successful farmer 
of Alton, and an ex-member of the 
New Hampshire legislature, was 
born in this town, April 5, 1842, son of John 
and Mary Jane (Webb) Lang. His grand- 
father, William Lang, who emigrated from 
England in company with his two brothers, 
resided in Newington, N.H., for a short time, 
and then settled in Alton. William cleared a 
farm, upon which he passed the rest of his 
life; and he lived to be over eighty years old. 
He married in Newington, and had one son, 
named John. 

John Lang, Alonzo B. Lang's father, en- 
gaged in farming with his father. He added 
more land to the farm, which fell to his pos- 
session ; and he owned about one hundred and 
fifty acres at Lang's Corner, which took its 
name from the family. He operated one of 
the first saw-mills in this town, kept a store 
in which the post-office was located for many 
years, was interested in other enterprises, and 
was one of the most prosperous residents of 
Alton in his day. He was a Democrat in pol- 
itics, and he served as a Selectman for some 
time. In religious affairs he took a prominent 
part, and attended meetings held in different 
schoolhouses. He died at the age of fifty- 
six years. His wife, Mary Jane, who was a 
native of Madbury, N.H., became the mother 
of seven children — Charles L. , Mary Jane, 
John Jackson, Martin V. B. , William H. B., 
Alonzo B., and Melissa A. Charles L. is 
now residing in New York State, and has a 
family. Mary Jane married John Dow, of 
North Barnstead. John J. succeeded his 
father as postmaster, and resided at the home- 
stead until his death. Martin V. B. is mar- 



ried, and follows the calling of a shoemaker in 
Farmington, N. H. William H. B. died at 
the age of twenty-two years. Melissa A. mar- 
ried George P. Miller, who served in the 
Civil War, and she now resides at Alton Cor- 
ner. Mrs. John Lang died June 2, 1884, over 
eighty years old. 

Alonzo B. Lang attended school in his dis- 
trict, and resided at home until twenty-one 
years old. He then went to the northern part 
of New York State, where he was engaged in 
making starch for five years. After his return 
to New Hampshire he worked at shoemaking 
for a year. He next entered the employ of the 
Boston and Maine Railroad Company, finally 
becoming a locomotive engineer. After nine 
years of service, he joined his associates in a 
strike, and did not subsequently return to the 
company's service. He has since followed 
agricultural pursuits with energy, and owns a 
farm of about one hundred and sixty acres. 
He supports the Democratic party in politics, 
has served in town offices, and spent a two- 
year term in the legislature, where he was a 
member of the Committee on Military Affairs. 

Mr. Lang wedded Mary A. Stevens, daugh- 
ter of John and Jane (Roberts) Stevens, the 
former of whom was born in i8ii on the farm 
now owned by Mr. Lang. This farm was 
cleared and improved by Mrs. Lang's grand- 
father, also named John Stevens, who resided 
here for the rest of his life. John Stevens 
(first) lost his parents when young, and was 
bound out to Edwin Libby, of Alton. After 
serving his time he bought a farm in New 
Durham, Strafford County, and later returned 
to Alton. While living with Edwin Libby, 
he attended school but three days. After- 
ward, under the tuition of his wife, he learned 
to read the Bible, and in time became an 
authority upon scriptural subjects. His wife's 
maiden name was Lydia Home, and his chil- 



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drcn were: William, James, John, and Betsey, 
none of whom are living. William and James 
married and reared families, and ]?etsey be- 
came the wife nf y\sa Chamberlain. The 
father died August lo, 1S82, aged sixty-nine 
years; antl his wife, April 19, 1888, aged 
seventy-four. Mrs. Lang's father succeeded 
to the homestead and increased its acreage by 
adding more land ; served as a Selectman and 
upon the School Committee; was a Democrat 
in jiolitics; in religion, a Universalist ; and 
he died in 1S81, aged seventy years. His 
wife, Jane, who was born in 181 3, was a 
daughter of Silas and Sarah (Davis) Roberts. 
Her father, who was a native of Dover, N. H., 
and a shoemaker by trade, had a family of 
twelve children. She became the mother of 
three children; namely, Ellen ]., Mary A., 
and John P. Ellen J. married John C. Nut- 
ter, of Gilmanton, and is no longer living; 
and John 1'. died at the age of eight years. 
Mrs. John Stevens is still living, and resides 
with her daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Lang have 
two sons — Walter A. and Harry B. Walter 
A. is a clerk in a grocery store at Beverly, 
Mass. ; and Harry li. lives at home with his 
parents. Mr. Lang is a member of Winnepe- 
saukee Lodge, No. 75, F. & A. M. ; Past 
Chancellor of Cocheco Lodge, No. 2S, 
Knights of Pythias; and he is connected with 
Merry Meeting Grange, No. 155. 




I'^ORGE B. COX, a successful attor- 
ney of Laconia and counsel for the 
New Hampshire State Law and 
Order League, was born in Ashland, Grafton 
County, N. H., July 16, i860, son of Benjamin 
Franklin and Ann (Currier) Cox. His pater- 
nal ancestors were among the first settlers of 
Holdcrness (now Ashland), N.H. ; and his 
mother's family was of Scotch descent. The 



great-grandfather of the present generation of 
the Cox family was a man of considerable 
wealth and prominence, who took an important 
jiart in public affairs, and who owned the only 
covered carriage in the town, a circumstance 
which added greatly to his dignity. 

Wallace Cox, grandfather of the subject of 
this sketch, was a native and lifelong resident 
of Holdcrness. He owned a large farm, and 
his active jjcriod was devoted to its cultiva- 
tion. He was b)' nature a quiet, unassuming 
man, holding himself aloof from all matters 
which might lead to public notoriety; and he 
was a member of the Episcopal church. He 
married Hannah Kimball, a native of Ilolder- 
ness, and reared a family of five children, of 
whom the only survivor is William Cox, a res- 
ident of Lowell. 

Benjamin I'ranklin Cox, son of Wallace 
and father of George B., was born in Holdcr- 
ness, and there reared to agricultural pursuits. 
He took an active interest in the town govern- 
ment, and was elected to various offices, serv- 
ing with ability and faithfulness. He married 
Ann Currier, a daughter of William Currier, of 
Plymouth, N. H. ; and they became the parents 
of but one child, George B. , the subject of 
this sketch. Benjamin F. Cox died at the age 
of fifty-eight years. Mrs. Cox, his widow, is 
still living, and is now fifty-nine years old. 

George B. Cox was educated in the public 
schools of Ashland and Plymouth, the New 
Hampton Literary Institution, and Wesle)an 
University. Previous to entering the law 
school, Mr. Cox taught school in Candia for 
one year, and served as superintendent of 
schools in the town of Ashland. In 1SS5 he 
began his legal studies with Judge Hibbard, of 
Laconia, and two years later entered the Bos- 
ton University Law School, where he was 
graduated in 1888, with the degree of l?achelor 
of Law. Admitted to the bar in July of the 



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same year, he associated himself with N. J. 
Dyer; and the firm of Cox & Dyer conducted a 
general law business in Laconia until 1S94. 

In politics Mr. Cox is a Democrat, and has 
frequently stumped the State in the inter- 
est of his party. He served as a member of 
the School Board for three years, acting as 
its Chairman during his last term. In 1S90 
the Citizens' Temperance Union was formed 
in Laconia, and for four years he was retained 
as its counsel. In January, 1S94, Mr. Cox 
was elected a member of the Executive Com- 
mittee of the Law and Order League of New 
Hampshire, a strong temperance organization, 
supported by many of the most influential citi- 
zens of the State, and is still serving as such. 
In 1895 he was retained as counsel for the 
league, and is still acting in that capacity. 
He has labored diligently and successfully in 
forwarding the aims and purposes of the 
league, having worked exclusively in its in- 
terests for six months, but of late, owing to 
the demands of his law practice, has been 
obliged, to a certain extent, to relinquish his 
efforts in its behalf. Mr. Cox has also per- 
formed some work in the lecture field in his 
native State during the past four years, his 
recent efforts in this line being confined 
mainly to the subject of temperance. 




\C^;/ILL1AM M. HERRING, an es- 
teemed citizen of Strafford County, 
New Hampshire, residing in Farm- 
ington, was born in this town, February 9, 
1859. His father, the late Hon. George M. 
Herring, son of Seth and Deborah Herring, 
was born in Framingham, Mass., in 1812. 
He learned the shoemaker's trade in Natick, 
Mass. His shop-mates at this time were Mar- 
tin L. Hayes and Henry Wilson, who later in 
life was Senator from Massachusetts and after- 



ward Vice-President of the United States. 
George M. Herring in his early manhood came 
to Strafford County, locating in this place in 
1843. For a time he carried on a good busi- 
ness in general merchandise. He subse- 
quently engaged in the manufacture of shoes, 
having a large shop on the present site of the 
Opera House, and continued in that occupa- 
tion until his demise on September 26, 1875, 
at the age of sixty-three years. His body was 
interred in the family lot in the beautiful 
cemetery of South Framingham, Mass. 

George M. Herring was a stanch Republi- 
can in politics, very active in public affairs. 
He served as a member of the State Senate 
in the years 1855 and 1856, and in 1870 and 
1 87 1 in the House of Representatives. He 
was also United States Assessor for the First 
District of New Hampshire, serving in that 
capacity from 1862 to 1869, having been ap- 
pointed by President Lincoln. He was Presi- 
dent of the Farmington Savings Bank and 
Farmington Fire Insurance Company and Di- 
rector of the D. & W. Railroad Company. It 
was mainly by his persistency that the I^\arm- 
ington National Bank was chartered, of which 
he was President from its commencement to 
the time of his death. In 1845 ^^ unitetl with 
the Congregational church, was a Deacon at the 
time of his death, and for many years superin- 
tendent of the Sunday-school. During all 
these years he studied constantly, and often 
gave lectures on astronomy and geology. He 
also sometimes preached when his pastor was 
absent. Captain Herring, as he was famil- 
iarly called, did more than any other man in 
building up and establishing the shoe business 
in Farmington. 

He married Ellen E. frames, of South 
P'ramingham, Mass., in 1844, and they reared 
four children, namely; Mary E., wife of D. 
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of A. F. Waldron, of Farniington; Sadie M., 
wife of Fred Watson, of Manchester; and 
William M., whose name heads the present 
sketch. 

William M. Herring was brought up and 
educated in Farmington, being graduated at 
the High School in 1S77, and since early 
manhood has been identifietl with the mercan- 
tile interests of the town. His first exjieri- 
ence in this line of business was with the firm 
of Dockham & Nute Brothers, of Farniington, 
by whom he was employed as a clerk a year or 
more. In 1882, when Mr. J. F. Hall bought 
his store, he accepted a position with him, and 
has since continued in his service as head 
clerk and book-keeper, earning a deserved 
reputation for ability and trustworthiness, and 
by his courteous kindness and attention to 
customers assisting in building up the large 
trade of his employer. 

Mr. Herring was married June 14, 1893, to 
Miss Edith E. Pinkham, of Farmington, a 
daughter of Levi L. and Augusta Pinkham. 
Brought up as a Republican in politics, he has 
never swerved from party allegiance, and, 
notwithstanding his disinclination for ]niblic 
office, in 1895 and 1896 he was a Represent- 
ative to the General Court at Concord, N. H., 
and served as one of the Committee on I'kluca- 
tion. Fraternally, he is a member of Har- 
mony Lodge, No. II, K. of P. Mr. and Mrs. 
Herring attend the Congregational church and 
contribute cheerfully to its supjiort. 




JVERETT M. SINCLAH^, agent of the 
Cocheco Mills at Rochester, Strafford 
County, N.H., was born in Lisbon, 
Me., August 16, 1848, son of Moses and 
Lucretia Totman Sinclair. Li the records of 
the Sinclair family in America is found the 
name of one John Sinclair, a pioneer settler of 



E.\eter, N.H., who is thought to have been the 
father of Robert Sinclair, of Wells, Me. In 
the archives of the town of Wells there is a 
recortl of a grant of one hundreil and ten acres 
of meadow land being given to this same 
Robert in 1712. There is also a deed signed 
by another John, his son, in 1734, showing 
that he must have been at that time at least 
twenty-one years of age. John Sinclair, the 
younger, removed to Boston in 1744, and be- 
came a volunteer under Captain John Stover 
for the expedition that captured Louisburg in 
1745. The troops sailed from Boston, March 
24, and were forty-nine days in reducing the 
stronghold. This same John later became a 
resident of Arundel, where "for not frequent- 
ing the Public Worship of God on the Lord's 
day for six months, from January i, 1749," he 
was brought before the court and fined. He 
married Mary Wakefield, and their two chil- 
dren were Adoniram and Mary. 

Adoniram located in Lisbon, Me., about 
1760, and was one of the earliest dwellers in 
the town. It was then a wilderness, and the 
land had to be reclaimed and reduced to culti- 
vation. Adoniram Sinclair cleared about one 
hundred and fifty acres, and had a beautiful 
and productive farm before his death. His 
son, John, third, inherited the estate, and was 
a prominent citizen of Lisbon. He was 
known to have remarkable judgment, and was 
universally beloved and respected. In relig- 
ion he was a Baptist. He married Mrs. Mary 
Hyde Harmon, of Roxbury, Mass., a woman of 
strong character and marked executive ability. 

Moses, son of John and Mary Sinclair, and 
father of Mr. I^verett M. Sinclair, was born 
on the farm at Lisbon, March 15, 1807. 
When only nine months old he fell into an 
open fire-place, and his left hand and ariu were 
crippled for life on account of the severe 
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at home with his mother, and there was a re- 
markably strong attachment between them. 
When he was nineteen years of age his mother 
died, and he was plunged into the deepest 
grief. He remained at home until he had 
reached his majority, and in his twenty-second 
year he went to Bath, where he was employed 
for three years upon the farm connected with 
the hospital. He then went back to the home 
farm, and stayed until he was thirty years old, 
when he went into the lumber business at 
Little River Village, now Lisbon Falls. 
There he had an interest in a saw-mill, and 
later owned a shingle and clapboard-mill. In 
1852 a destructive fire caused the loss of these 
buildings, and after this he went to East 
Auburn, where for three years he was engaged 
in a grocery business. He next purchased a 
small farm, and devoted himself to farming 
until his death, September 28, 1883. The 
tastes of Mr. Moses Sinclair were strongly 
domestic. He was devotedly attached to his 
home and family, and no sacrifice was great 
when made for them. This same kindness of 
heart and generosity of mind made him be- 
loved by all with whom he came in contact. 
It is said that sorrow and pain are wonderful 
refiners, and there can be no doubt that Mr. 
Sinclair's lifelong infirmity had given sweet- 
ness and patience to his whole character. His 
children were: Angeline Rowena, born Feb- 
ruary 4, 1847; Everett M.; Willis Webber; 
Trufant; Silas Trufant ; Charles Trufant ; and 
Jennie Webber. 

Everett M. Sinclair received a common- 
school education, and in 18G3 entered the em- 
ploy of the Androscoggin Mills at Lewiston, 
Me., as picker-boy. He worked afterward in 
Lisbon Falls, and in 1867 accepted a position 
in the Pondicherry Mills at Bridgton, Me. 
In 1872 he took charge of the weaving depart- 
ment of the Cocheco Woollen Mills at East 



Rochester. Later he worked in Pennsylvania 
and at Worcester, Mass.; but in i8S4theposi- 
ti(m of superintendent of the Cocheco Mills 
being vacant, he was asked by the corporation 
to return and accept that office. He was su- 
perintendent of the Cocheco Mills until 1894, 
when he was elected agent of the company. 
Mr. Sinclair's life has been one of close at- 
tention to business, and his success has been 
won, not by good luck, but by steadfastness 
of purpose and integrity combined with hard 
work. He is a self-made man, and has 
merited all the success he has won. 

Mr. Sinclair united with the Methodist 
Episcopal church in 1873, and has taken a 
deep interest in all movements for the uplift- 
ing of humanity. He has served his town as 
a member of the School Board, and is much 
interested in all educational questions. In 
politics he is a Republican, but he has never 
sought political preferment. He has written 
many articles upon mechanical subjects and 
upon questions of local historical interest. 
He is a prominent and active Mason. He was 
made an F. & A. M. at Oriental Lodge, of 
Bridgton, Me., in 1869, and demitted to Hu- 
mane Lodge of Rochester. He took chapter 
degrees in Oriental Chapter, Bridgton, Me., 
in 1S73, ■I'ld demitted to become a charter 
member of Temple Chapter of Rochester. He 
has been P. H. P., and in virtue of having held 
that office he received the degrees of High 
Priesthood at Concord, under the direction of 
the late John J. Bell, of Exeter. He was a 
member of Orphan Council and St. Paul Com- 
mandery of Dover, and demitted to become 
charter member of Palestine Commandery at 
Rochester in 1896. 

Mr. Sinclair is a Director of the Rochester 
Building & Loan Association, and one of the 
incorporators of the Norway Plains National 
Bank. He is also a charter member of the 




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National Association of Woollen and Worsted 
Overseers, which was organized in 18S3, with 
Mr. Sinclair as temporary Chairman. A few 
overseers met in Boston at the Institute ot 
Technology Building, and from that meeting 
the organization grew. Mr. Sinclair was one 
of its first Vice-Presidents, and has always 
been an active and influential member. 

On January 30, 1870, Mr. Sinclair married 
Miss Eleanor Perry Hill, a lady of Scotch- 
Irish descent. She was born in Selkirk, 
Scotland, and came to America with her par- 
ents when only five years old. For a time 
Mr. Hill, her father, lived in New York City, 
whence he removed to Ohio, where his wife 
died in 1861, and he then came with his 
daughter to Maine. Mrs. Eleanor P. H. Sin- 
clair died April 21, 1878, leaving two chil- 
dren. In 18S0 Mr. Sinclair married Miss 
Carrie Manson, a lady who had been educated 
at Wolfeboro Academy, and had for some time 
been a teacher. Of this union have been born 
two children — Angle M. and John Everett. 



(g^OMN LANGDON PERLEY, M.D., 
was one ot the leading men of Belknap 
County in the early part of this cen- 
tury; and in Laconia, the home of his family 
for many years, he was very influential in 
financial and political affairs. Born in La- 
conia (at that time Meredith Bridge), June 10, 
1805, he was the son of Stephen and Mehitable 
(Ladd) Perley. Of Stephen Perley, who 
might be called the architect of the fortunes 
of Laconia, an extended account will be found 
elsewhere in this work. The Ladd family, 
too, to which the Doctor's mother belonged, 
was prominent in the early history of this 
place. 

John Langdon Perley was graduated at Bow- 
doin College, Brunswick, Me., in 1829, and 



studied medicine with Dr. John Durkee, of 
Laconia. Me was actively engaged in profes- 
sional practice imtil about forty years of age, 
and then retired in order to give his attention 
to other matters in which he had become in- 
terested. In 1837 he went West, and, spentl- 
ing some time in that comparatively jlawless 
antl unsettled country, returned to his boy- 
hood's home with renewed interest in its wel- 
fare. Owning a vast extent of woodland in 
this vicinity, he was extensively engaged for 
years in farming and the manufacture of lum- 
ber; and at East Tilton he owned a saw-mill, a 
grist-mill, and the water privilege. He event- 
ually sold the Tilton property. Dr. Perley 
was one of the incorporators of the Meredith 
Bridge Savings Bank, and was a member of 
the Board of Trustees and its President for 
some time. He was also active in incorporat- 
ing the Belknap Savings Bank, of which he 
was President until about ten years previous 
to his death, when he resigned. A member oi 
the old Whig party, he was appointed Post- 
master of Laconia in 1829, .the last year of 
John Quincy Adams's administration; and in 
that year he was appointed by Governor Ben- 
jamin Pierce Surgeon of the Twenty-ninth 
Regiment of New Hampshire militia. Elected 
to the State legislature in 1834, he distin- 
guished himself as a disinterested champion of 
the people's rights. He it was who introduced 
and obtained the passage of the bill to reduce 
the governor's salary from two thousand dol- 
lars to one thousand dollars, believing that 
the salary should be nominal only, aiul that the 
honor of being governor of the State should 
satisfy the candidate. No change has been 
made in the governor's salary since his time. 
Dr. Perley lived to the age of eighty-three 
years and four months. The ])ortrait of Dr. 
Perley accompanying this sketch was taken at 
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On February 20, 1839, he was united in 
marriage with Dora, daughter of Josiah and 
Betsey (rotter) Rundlett, of Giliuaiiton, N. H. 
Their union was blessed by five children — 
John L. , D. Augusta, Mary P., Lewis S., and 
Clara E. John L. Parley, who was born in 
December, 1839, enlisted in August, 1861, in 
Troop M, New England Cavalry, and the fol- 
lowing November was promoted to the rank of 
Second Lieutenant. Taken ill in May, 1862, 
he returned home, and died shortly after from 
the effects of exposure during his military ser- 
vice D. Augusta is the wife of Jacob San- 
born, of Laconia, and has one child. Pearl 
Smith Sanborn. Mary l\ was married in Sep- 
tember, 1 87 1, to Josiah T. Sturtevant, a native 
of Centre Harbor, Belknap County, N.H., 
who was for a time engaged in the manufacture 
of hosiery in Meredith, and who also managed 
a drug store in that town, where he is now ex- 
tensively engaged in the real estate business. 
Mr. Sturtevant is a member of the Republican 
party. He is affiliated with two of the leading 
fraternal orders of this section, belonging to 
the Odd Fellows and the Meredith Grange. 
In religious matters his symiiathies are with 
the Congregational denomination, his father 
having been a Deacon of the Congregational 
church. 

Lewis S. Perley attended Gilford Academy, 
then took a year's course of special study in 
Boston, and finished his educational training 
at Professor Hyatt's Academy in Pennsylvania. 
He has had much work to do as a civil en- 
gineer; and he manages the home farm, an 
estate of one hundred acres, largely devoted to 
raising hay. Mr. Lewis S. Perley also is a 
Republican in politics. He is a member of 
Winipiseogee Lodge, No. 7, I. O. O. F. 
In 1888 he was united in marriage with Clara 
L. Knowlton, of Meredith. They have two 
children, Lew K. and Marion Louise, aged re- 



spectively six and three years. Clara E. Per- 
ley is the wife of Dr. A. L. Norris, residing 
on Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridgeport, 
Mass. She is the mother of three children: 
Albert P., a student at the Boston Institute of 
Technology; C. Maud, attending the Cam- 
bridgeport High School; and Grace M. 




RANK W. CORSON, an active and 
enterprising business man of East 
Rochester, N. H., was born June 2, 
1852, in the village of East Rochester, about 
a mile from the post-office, this having also 
been the birthplace of his father, the late 
Willard Corson. His grandfather, Joseph 
Corson, who came to Rochester from Dover in 
the early part of the present century, was 
probably the first of the Corson family to lo- 
cate in this section of Strafford County. 
Willard Corson, whose death occurred in 
Rochester in 1888, was here engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits during his active life, carry- 
ing on all branches of husbandry with much 
success. His wife, in maidenhood Lydia 
Wingate, of this town, bore him four chil- 
dren; namely, Myra, Eliza, Frank W., and 
Joseph W. Eliza is the wife of Charles W. 
Corson, of East Rochester; and Joseph W. is 
in the provision business in New York City. 

Frank W. Corson attended the public 
schools of Rochester in his earlier years. He 
subsequently studied for several winters at 
Lebanon Academy, devoting his summers to 
farm work. After this he learned the carpen- 
ter's trade, at which he worked for some time, 
continuing, however, to reside with his par- 
ents. In 1877, or thereabout, he began work- 
ing for the Cocheco Woollen Manufacturing 
Company in East Rochester, remaining with 
them for a period of thirteen years. Desiring 
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business, lie formed a co|jnitiiershi|) with 
G. H. Knox, antl with iiini purchased the mill 
ol John C. Shorey. In tiiis place he has since 
been profitably engaged in the manufacture of 
boxes and lumber of all kinds. 

In 1 878, November 28, Mr. Corson marrieil 
Sabra T. Cowell, of West Lebanon, I\Ie. 
They have now three children, namely: S. 
Gertrude, born June 5, i88j; Mildred A., 
born June 27, 1888; and F. Verne, born 
March 4, 1894. Mr. Corson has taken an ac- 
tive interest in local affairs, in which he has 
been prominent during a large portion of his 
life, invariably supporting the Republican 
party. In 1S87 and 1888 he was elected to 
the lower branch of the State legislature, and 
attended the long session made famous by the 
great railway fight. In 1893 he was elected 
to the City Council from Ward One, and while 
there served on the Water Works Committee. 
He served for two years on the School Board, 
and has been ward Selectman for six years, 
or since the incorporation of Rochester as a 
city. Mr. Corson is a charter member of 
Cocheco Lodge, No. 39, I. O. O. F. , of East 
Rochester, and was its first Vice Grand, and 
has since occupied all the chairs. He is a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
and is serving as one of its official board. 



r'. DANIEL CLARKE KNOWLES, 
\.M., D.D., Ladd Professor of 
Moral and Biblical Science at the 
New Hampshire Conference Seminary and 
I'Y'inale College, Tilton, N.H., and a veteran 
of the Civil War, was born in Yardville, N.J., 
January 4, 1836. His parents, Enoch and 
Alice C. (Hughes) Knowles, were natives of 
New Jersey. His great-grandfather, John 
Knowles, Sr., was born in Titusville, N.J., 
where he resided as long as he lived. He 



owned land upon the Delaware River, near the 
point where General Washington made his 
famous crossing. 

John Knowles, Jr., son of John, Sr. , and 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a 
lifelong resident of Titusville, and one of the 
prominent men of that town in his day. The 
maiden name of his wife was IClizabeth Farley. 

Enoch Knowles, son of John, Jr., was born 
in Titusville in 1805. He was reared to agri- 
cultural [lursuits, antl remained at the home- 
stead until his marriage, at which time he 
settled in Yardville, ujion a farm belonging 
to hi.s wife's parents. This proi:)erty, which 
eventually came to his possession, consisted 
of two hundred acres of tillable land; and, 
besides taking care of a peach orchard of four 
thousand trees, he tlevoteil considerable atten- 
tion to the raising of cattle and sheep. He 
carried on general farming and fruit raising 
with unusual energy until 1862, when he re- 
tired from active life. Although his school 
opportunities were meagre, his natural ability 
enabled him to make good use of what little 
education he had acquired. In ])olitics he was 
originally a Democrat, but joined the Repub- 
lican party at its formation. Though not an 
aspirant for political [irominence, he held 
some of the minor town offices. He was an 
earnest advocate of temperance and total absti- 
nence and an able speaker in behalf of the 
cause. He was at one time a candidate for 
the legislature; and, being assured of the 
liquor vote, provided he would not use his in- 
fluence against the traffic, he replied that, if 
it was necessary for him to go to the legis- 
lature u])on a liquor cask, he preferred to re- 
main at home. His wife, Alice C. Hughes, 
was born in Yardville in 1804, daughter of 
Joseph and Mary Hughes, the former of whom 
died in 1846, aged eighty-two, and the latter 
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Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Knowles were the 
parcnt-s of .seven children, a.s follows: Sarah 
A.; Mary; the Rev. Joseph Hughes; John 
Fletcher; the Rev. Daniel C, the subject of 
this sketch; Emma L. ; and Enoch. Sarah 
A. became the wife of the Rev. Abram Palmer, 
of Newark, N.J. Mary died in 1857. The 
Rev. Joseph Hughes Knowles is a member of 
the Newark Conference and Secretary of the 
American Sabbath Union. He was, in a great 
measure, instrumental in having the Colum- 
bian Exposition at Chicago closed on Sundays. 
John Fletcher Knowles resides in Orange, 
N.J. Emma L. Knowles is a missionary in 
India, and has a school located at Darjeeling, 
which is eight thousand feet above the level of 
the sea. Enoch resitles in Pennington, N.J. 
The father and mother both united with the 
Methodist Episcopal church when young; and 
the father, who was a local preacher, was 
active in religious matters until his death, 
which occurred February 4, 1877. 

Daniel Clarke Knowles prepared for college 
at the Pennington (N.J.) Seminary, and was 
graduated at the Wesleyan University, Middle- 
town, Conn., with the class of 1858. After 
completing his collegiate course he became 
teacher of mathematics at the Poultney (Vt. ) 
Academy, in 1859 was teacher of languages at 
the Pittsburg (Pa.) Female College, and in 
the following year he was appointed to the 
same position at the Pennington Seminary and 
Female Collegiate Institute. In May, 1861, 
he began the organization of a company for 
service in the Civil War, and the one hundred 
and one men that he recruited were mustered in 
on August 21 of the same year. He was com- 
missioned Captain, and served at Hilton Head 
and at Fort Pulaski. He had charge of estab- 
lishing a battery on Jones's Island to cut off 
the enemy's approach to that fort, and during 
the siege was stricken with malaria, which he 



had contracted while camping in the swamps. 
By the advice of physicians he was compelled 
to resign in order to save his life; anil what 
promised to be a notable, as well as an honor- 
able, military career ended in 1862. 

He returned to Pennington Seminary, and 
in 1863 was elected its President, a position 
which he filled for four years. In 1864 he 
joined the New Jersey Conference, in 1866 
was made a Deacon, and in 1868 an Elder. 
In 1867 he was transferred to the New Hamp- 
shire Conference, and was assigned to the 
Haverhill Street Methodist Church, Lawrence, 
Mass., where he remained for three years. In 
1870 he was transferred to the New England 
Conference, and assigned to St. Paul's Church, 
Lowell, Mass. In 1872 he was stationed at 
St. Paul's Church, Lynn, Mass., and in 1876 
was assigned to Maiden, Mass. In 1878 he 
was retransferred to the New Hampshire Con- 
ference, and again took charge of the Haver- 
hill Street Church in Lawrence. His health 
failing while there, he spent several months 
at Cli-fton Springs. Upon his recovery he in 
1882 took charge of the Methodist Episcopal 
church in Plymouth, N.H., where he remained 
two years; and in 1884 he was appointed agent 
of the New Hampshire Conference Seminary 
and Female College, in which capacity he 
raised and collected fifty-five thousand dollars 
for the erection of new buildings. He was 
elected its President in 1885; and he ably 
filled that position until 1891, when he was 
forced to resign on account of feeble health. 
The malarial poison that his system absorbed 
while in the army, and which had produced 
years of suffering, at last located in his foot; 
and he was obliged to have it amputated. In 
1892 Dr. Knowles was appointed Treasurer 
and General Agent of the New Hampshire 
Conference Seminary, a position that he still 
holds, besides filling the Ladd Chair of Moral 



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and Biblical Science, which he took in i8g6; 
In iSSo he was a delegate to the General Con- 
ference at Cincinnati, and in 1882 was elected 
a Trustee of the Wesleyan University, Middle- 
town, Conn. He was a member of the Ecu- 
menical Council at Washington, B.C., in 
1 89 1, but was unable to be present, as he 
was then confined to the hospital. 

On November 10, 1863, Dr. Knowles was 
united in marriage with Lucia M. Barrows, 
daughter of the Rev. L. D. Barrows, D.D., 
of the New Hamjishire Conference. Mrs. 
Knowles has been the mother of two children ; 
namely, Nina IClbert and Frederic Lawrence. 
Nina E. died in Maiden, Mass., in 1875, aged 
eight years. Frederic Lawrence Knowles was 
graduated at the Wesleyan University in 1S94, 
and at Harvard University in 1896. He is at 
present teacher of literature at the New Hamp- 
shire Conference Seminary. 

Dr. Knowles cast his first Presidential vote 
for Abraham Lincoln, and continued to suji- 
port the Republican party until 1884. He 
then became a Prohibitionist, and has twice 
been that party's candidate for Congress from 
the Second District. In 1894 he was the Pro- 
hibition candidate for Governor. He is a 
member of the Psi Upsilon F"raternity and 
the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Wesleyan 

University. 

« < • > * 

]BEN E. BERRY, one of the best-known 
residents of New Durham, and an e.x- 
meniber of the legislature, was born 
in this town, October 18, 1831, son of Eben 
B. and Mercy R. (Hurd) Berry. His grand- 
father, John Berry, an linglishman, was a 
pioneer settler in New Durham. Eben B. 
Berry was a lifelong resident of this town, and 
for many years was engaged in manufacturing 
agricultural implements and in general farm- 
ing. He was a gogd business man, and an 




influential citizen, and his activity and enter- 
prise were very beneficial to the community. 
He served for a number of years on the Board 
of Selectmen (one year of which he was Chair- 
man), was Overseer of the Poor, and also acted 
as a Notary Public. He was drafted during 
the War of 181 2, but not called into active 
service. He died in 1865, aged si.xty-eight 
years. His wife, Mercy R. (Hurd) Berry, 
was a daughter of John Hurd, who served on 
General Washington's staff during llie Revo- 
lutionary War. She became the mother of 
eight children, of whom the only survivor is 
Eben E., the subject of this sketch. 

Eben E. Berry attended the Farmington 
High School, and subsequently com[)leted his 
studies at the West Lebanon Academy. He 
learned the shoemaker's trade, which he fid- 
lowed for some years during the summer sea- 
son, and he taught school in the adjoining 
towns during several winter terms. In 1856 
he bought his [jresent farm of one hundred and 
thirty acres, located at Scruton's Corner, and 
when not occupied in attending to its cultiva- 
tion he is engaged in surveying land, having 
performed much work of that kind in Strafford 
and Belknap Counties. In politics he is a 
Democrat. He served as Ta.x Collector in 
1S56 and 1857, was superintendent of schools 
nineteen years, and was for two years a mem- 
ber of the Board of Education, and is now 
serving for the third year. He was a Select- 
man fifteen years. He has acted as police 
officer, has been a Justice of the I'eace for 
over thirty years, and was elected a Repre- 
sentative to the legislature in 1895. He is 
interested in the New Durham Fire Insurance 
Company, and has been its Secretary and 
Treasurer for the past ten years. 

February i, 1855, Mr. Berry married Lucy 
M. Chesley, of this town, and of their five 
children three are living, namely: Ida L., 



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wife of James Glidden: Lyman E. ; and 
Percey C. 

Mr. ]5erry has occupied tlio principal chairs 
of iM-atcrnal Lodge, F. & A. M., of Farming- 
ton, and is connected with the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of 
I'ythias. He is a member of the Free Baptist 
church, and has acted as Clerk and Treasurer 
therein for the past twelve years. 




'ON. ELLERY A. HIBBARD, of 
Laconia, senior member of the Belk- 
L^ ^_^ nap County liar, and a former Judge 
of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, is a 
widely known and influential citizen, having 
for many years taken an active part in the con- 
duct of public affairs. He was born in St. 
Johnsbury, Vt. , July 31, 1826, a son of Silas 
and Olive (Albee) Hibbard. 

Several generations of Hibbards have lived 
and died in Concord, Vt. David, Judge Hib- 
bard's grandfather, who was a resident of that 
town during the greater part of his life, was a 
Revolutionary soldier. He had a family of 
twelve children. His son Silas, the Judge's 
father, was in the hotel business a number of 
years, antl later was engaged in general farm- 
ing. He died before he was forty years old. 
He was an uncle of the Hon. Harry Hibbard, 
of Bath, N. H. His wife, Olive, a native of 
Chesterfield, N. H., was a daughter of Zuriel 
Albee, of Littleton, N.H. She died in 1874, 
aged eighty-two. At the time of her hus- 
band's death she was left with five young chil- 
dren and a small property, and was able to 
give the children only very limited educational 
opportunities. Three of these children are 
now living. 

EUery A. Hibbard was nine years old when 
his father died. He attended the district 
school as regularly as circumstances would 



permit, and afterward studied at an academy 
at Derby, Vt. His mother's training and his 
early independence I)rought out strongly his 
powers of self-reliance, and he worked per- 
severingly through the course of study neces- 
sary to fit him for the bar. He taught school 
one term, and studied in different law offices, 
including those of Nathan B. Felton and 
Charles R. Morrison, of Haverhill, N.H., and 
Henry F. French, of E.xeter, N.H. Ad- 
mitted to the bar in Plymouth, N. H., in July, 
1849, he immediately commenced practice in 
that town; and in January, 1853, he became a 
resident of Laconia (then Meredith 15ridge), 
N.H. In course of time he won a place 
among the ablest and most successful lawyers 
in the State, and acquired a large business. 
In 1870, when the famous litigation between 
the Concord and the Northern Railroads was 
on the docket, and the most powerful legal 
talent in New Hampshire was employed by 
the rival corporations, Mr. Hibbard was re- 
tained as one of the council for the Northern 
Railroad, and made one of the arguments on 
each occasion when the case was in court. 
He was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court 
in March, 1873, and was on the bench till 
August, 1874, when the law under which the 
judges were appointed was repealed; nomi- 
nated again under the new law, he declined to 
serve. 

In politics a firm and consistent Democrat, 
though never a violent partisan, Judge Hib- 
bard has long been an especial favorite with 
his own party, and highly esteemed by the Re- 
publicans. He presided from 1862 to 1873, 
inclusive, as Moderator of town meetings in 
Laconia. At the June session of the New 
Hampshire House of Representatives in 1852, 
he was elected assistant clerk, and at the No- 
vember session he was chosen clerk, being 
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He was the last Democratic clerk of the House 
until the partial triumph of the Democracy in 
1871. In 1865 he was elected to the legislat- 
ure from Laconia, anil in the following year 
he was re-elected. The first year he was on 
the Committee on Finance, and the second 
year on the Judiciary Committee and many 
special committees, aiding the plan for the 
adoption of the new State Library, and the es- 
tablishment of the College of Agriculture and 
Mechanical Art . He was also one of three 
appointed by Governor Tuttle to put the col- 
lege at Durham on a legal basis to remove 
from Hanover, which was endowed by a large 
grant of land by the general government. In 
1862 he, with Samuel B. Page and William C. 
Sturoc, led the minority of the House, and 
(quoting from the "History of the Forty -sec- 
ond Congress"; "he drew up the minority re- 
port, which presented briefly and forcibly the 
reasons against the ratification of the Four- 
teenth Amendment to the Constitution of the 
United States. He subsequently maintained 
his views on the subject in an able and exhaus- 
tive speech." While in the House Mr. Hib- 
bard never spoke except when he had a point 
to make, and his words then were concise and 
forcible, and had great influence with the 
members. He has done good service on the 
stump, and in the memorable cam|>aign in 
Pennsylvania in the fall of 1864 he made sev- 
eral speeches in the western part of the State. 
He was the Democratic member from Belknap 
County in the Johnson Convention in Phila- 
delphia in 1866. In 1869, though he did not 
desire it, his friends in the First District 
nominated him on the Democratic ticket for 
Congress. The party, however, was hope- 
lessly in the minority from the start, and the 
full Republican State ami Congressional ticket 
was elected. 

"In 1871," as the history further records, 



"he was nominated for Representative to the 
Forty-second Congress, and was elected, al- 
though for the period of si.\teen years pre- 
vious New Hampshire had been represented 
only for a single term by a Democrat. Tak- 
ing his seat as a member of the Forty-second 
Congress, Mr. Hibbard was appointed on the 
Committee on Patents. He seldom addressed 
the House; always, however, when he occu- 
pied the floor he spoke with earnestness and 
effect in support of his convictions. He spoke 
in opposition to the bill to devote the pro- 
ceeds of the public lands for the creation of 
an educational fund for the education of the 
people, on the ground that, if there must be a 
donation for the benefit of the States that were 
too poor to provide for the education of their 
people, it should be by a specific donation in 
money, and of a sum definite and uniform 
from year to year, so that the various States 
and districts for whose benefit it is to be 
created shall receive the same amount every 
year, and shall know beforehand what sum 
they may rely upon, and not be dependent on 
the constantly fluctuating sales of the jiublic 
lands." His nomination for Congress had 
been supported, not only by his own party, 
but also by the Labor Reform party; and he 
ably represented the interests of the people. 
Always active in opposing schemes for robbing 
the masses, be was [larticularly earnest in 
frustrating the plunderings of the Union Pa- 
cific Railroad; and as a member of the Com- 
mittee on Patents he did much to prevent the 
extension of unjust monopolies. 

A resident of Laconia for more than four 
decades. Judge Hibbard's life is well known 
to his townsmen, who regard him with the 
highest honor. He was a member of the orig- 
inal Board of Directors of the Laconia Na- 
tional Bank, and is still connected with that 
institution; and he is a Trustee of the La- 



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conia Savitigs Bank. He is President of the 
Union Cemetery Association of this place, a 
Director of the Laconia and Lakeport Water 
Works, and has been a Trustee of the New 
Hampshire Asylum for the Insane since 1S71. 
One member of the l^elknap County Bar is a 
few years his senior in age, Judge Rollins, of 
Meredith, but that gentleman was not ad- 
mitted to the bar until one month after Judge 
Hibbard's qualification. 

On December 5, 1853, he was married to 
Mary, daughter of Jacob Bell, of Haverhill, 
N.H., and great -grand-daughter of Josiah 
Jiartlett, one of the signers of the Declaration 
of Independence. Three children have been 
born to Judge and Mrs. Hibbard, namely: 
Charles B., his father's law partner; Jennie 
O., wife of Ormon J. Lougee, of Lougee 
Brothers; and Laura B., who resides with her 
parents. Judge Hibbard attends the Congre- 
gational church, and has been President of the 
society for twelve or fifteen years. 

As happily characterized in the "Grafton 
County History," published in 1856, "he is 
an industrious, faithful, and learned coun- 
sellor, of modest, quiet deportment, thought- 
ful and reflective mind, and thoroughly 
conscientious in discharge of all duties, po- 
litical, professional, and judicial. . . . Hon- 
est with the court and with his clients, he 
has gainctl a deserved and enviable reputation, 
both as a citizen and lawyer of his adopted 
State. " 




"ERBERT J. MARSH, a prominent 
farmer of Gilmanton, was born in 

L^ v., , that town. May 28, 1852, son of 

Joseph and Hannah (Page) Marsh. The 
family is an old one in this part of the State. 
The first of the name to come to Gilmanton 
was Isaac Marsh, great-great-great-grandfather 
of Mr. Herbert Marsh. Stalwart and sturdy, 



he lived to the age of ninety-four years. His 
six children had reached maturity when he 
came to Gilmanton. His son, Joseph Marsh, 
who was a blacksmith, settled at the Iron 
Works. Joseph's sons were: Joseph, Caleb, 
and Amos. His two daughters severally mar- 
ried men named Lougee and Thurston. 
Joseph (second) married Betsey Lougee, of 
Gilmanton, and they became the parents 
of eleven children; namely, Olive, Mary, 
Stephen, Betsey, Amos, Joseph, Abigail, 
Clarissa, Harriett, Nehemiah, and John 1?. 
John 15. died January 25, 1863, losing his life 
in the service of his country. Betsey died in 
July, 1895; Clarissa, July 9, 1840; and Amos, 
December 19, 1857; Harriett, the only one of 
this large family now living, married Rufus 
Lamprey, of Manchester, who died in 1895. 
Joseph Marsh (third), the grandfather of Her- 
bert J., married for his second wife a Mrs. 
Lydia Otis, who died May 24, 1859. Like so 
many of his ancestors he was a blacksmith, 
and he was well known and highly respected 
in the town. He died in October, 1867. 
His son, a fourth Joseph MarsJi, the father of 
Herbert J. Marsh, followed farming as well 
as his father's trade. His wife was Hannah 
Page, a daughter of Henry Page, and a niece 
of Quaker John Page. The latter was a noted 
man. The Page family is among the oldest 
in Gilmanton, and in years past was very 
numerous. The children of Henry Page were: 
Annie W. , Reuben, Elizabeth, Hannah, John, 
Samuel, Mary, and Sarah. The fourth Joseph 
Marsh and his wife, after their marriage, lived 
in Manchester, N.H. Upon his death the 
widow returned to Gilmanton, where some 
years later she married Stephen S. Nelson. 
Her children by her first marriage were: 
Addie, who was a school teacher, married 
Westley Cunningham, and died soon after; 
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Alter attciuling the i)ul)lic schools of Man- 
chester for the usual period, Herbert J. Marsh 
took a course in a commercial school. He 
began his business life in the grocery store of 
Henry C. Merrill, with whom he worked for 
three years. After this he was with Stearns 
& I'armer and George C. Lord respectively 
for six years. Since 1887 Mr. Marsh has 
lived in Gilmanton with Mrs. Nelson, his 
mother. They own over five hundred acres of 
land and one of the best residences in the 
town. Mr. Marsh keeps twenty-five cattle, 
and does considerable dairy business. He 
first married Fannie M. Poor, by whom he 
had two children — Lillian and Joseph. Lil- 
lian died in childhood. Mr. Marsh contracted 
a second marriage with Miss Addie B. Par- 
sons, daughter of George C. Parsons, an influ- 
ential resident of Gilmanton, who was a Select- 
man, and now is a County Commissioner. 
Mrs. Marsh graduated from the Pittsfield 
Academy, and taught school for a number of 
terms before her marriage. Both she and her 
husband are devoted members of the Congrega- 
tional church and active supporters of its 
religious and benevolent organizations. In 
politics Mr. Marsh is a Republican. He is a 
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, Highland Lodge, No. 93; and of Crystal 
Lake Grange, No. loi. In 1875 he joined 
the New Hampshire Battery, in which he has 
since been made Sergeant. Mr. Marsh has 
a wide circle of friends, and is highly es- 
teemed in the town. He is liberal, fair- 
minded, and progressive; antl his integrity is 
unquestioned. 



"CJdWARD E. RICE, founder of the Rice 
X^} Manufacturing Company of New Dur- 
ham, was born in Freedom, N.H., 
August 3, 1863, son of William and Hannah 



(Randall) Rice. His grandfather, 'I'hoinas 
Rice, who was of English ancestry, was one of 
the early settlers of Freedom. 

William Rice was for some years a lumber 
dealer. In 1S81 he came to New Durham, 
where he manufactured hogshead stock for 
three years, or until his death, which occurred 
in 1884, at the age of fifty-four years. In jjol- 
itics he was a Republican. He was an ener- 
getic business man, and stood high in the 
estimation of the community. He married 
Hannah Randall, of Kczar Falls, Me. ; and 
Edward E. , the subject of this sketch, is the 
only child of their union. 

Edward E. Rice attentled the high school in 
Springvale, Me., and completed his studies at 
Phillips Academy, E.xcter, N.H., when he was 
nineteen years old. At the age of twenty-one 
he entered into partnership with his father, 
and some time after the death of the elder 
Rice closed out the lumber business, in order 
to engage in the manufacture of wire brushes, 
steam packing, and similar goods. He con- 
ducted business in partnership and alone until 
1893, when the Rice Manufacturing Company 
was incorporated. This concern is now doing 
a large and profitable business. Their [ilant 
is located at Downing's Mills, where it has a 
good water power, and the products are shipped 
to all parts of the United States. Politically, 
Mr. Rice supports the Republican i)arty, and 
for three years he rendered efficient service to 
the town as a member of the School Board. 

Mr. Rice married Laura Ayers, daughter of 
Joshua Ayers, of Barnstead, N. H. He is a 
member of Winnei)esaukee Lodge, F. & 
A. M., of Alton, N.H.; of Woodbine Lodge, 
I. O. O. F., of Farmington, N.H.; and also 
of the Encampment. His efforts to maintain 
and still further develop the industrial re- 
sources of this town are appreciated by his 
fellow-citizens, and he occupies a prominent 



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positidii in the community, lie anil his wife 
attend the ]5aj)tist church. 




kALCOM A. II. HART, M.D., a 
rising young physician of Milton, 
Strafford County, N.H., was born 
in this town, December 28, 1861, son of 
Simon and Mary A. (VVentworth) Hart. His 
paternal grandfather was Nathaniel Meserve 
Hart, of Rochester, N.H.; and two of his 
great-great-grandfathers were Colonel John 
Hart and Colonel Nathaniel Meserve, who 
commanded New Hampshire regiments in the 
last French and Indian War. (See Bel- 
knap's History, account of campaigns in 1756, 
1757, and 1758.) The Hart family, it may be 
mentioned, is one of the oldest in the State, 
having settled in and around Portsmouth in 
very early Colonial days. 

Simon Hart, who was a native of Rochester, 
followed mechanical pursuits in Milton for 
many years. The last twenty years of his life, 
however, were passed in South Berwick, Me., 
where he died July 9, 1882. In politics he 
was a Republican, but took no active part in 
public affairs. He married Mary A. Went- 
worth, a native of Farmington, N. H., and she 
became the mother of nine children, four of 
whom are living, namely: Lyndel, a resident 
of New York State; Justin and Ernest, who 
are residing in Lawrence, Mass.; and Malcom, 
the subject of this sketch. 

Malcom A. H. Hart, having completed his 
studies at the Berwick Academy in 1878, was 
for some time engaged in teaching school in 
Lebanon, South Berwick, and Kennebunk, 
Me., and then took a two years' course in 
the medical department of Bowdoin College. 
Entering the University of New York City in 
1887, he was graduated in 1888, and located 
for practice in Fall River, Mass., where he 



remained for eighteen months. After that he 
took a year's post-graduate course in New 
York City, obtaining much valuable jiractical 
e-\])eriencc in the hospital connected with the 
school. He resumed the duties of iiis pro- 
fession at Gilmanton Iron Works, residing 
there for a year; and in iSgi he settled in 
Milton, where he has since remained. His 
professional success in his native town has 
been so marked as to gain for him a high 
reputation as a skilful and reliable physician, 
and a profitable practice is the result. 

Dr. Hart and Estelle L. Draper, daughter 
of Hiram H. Draper, of Rutland County, 
Vermont, were married in 1890, and are the 
parents of two sons; namely, VVentworth and 
Ezra D. 

Dr. Hart is a member of Olive Branch 
Lodge, No. 28, I. O. O. F., of South Berwick; 
and is ofificially connected with the Ancient 
Order of United Workmen and the Improved 
Order of Red Men of Milton. He is one of 
the Trustees of the Nute High School of the 
town.. In politics he acts with the Republican 
party, and in his religious views he is a 
Baptist. 



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APT. JOSEPH WILLIAM LANG, 



who commanded a company of volun- 
teers in the Civil War, and is now 
a prosperous farmer of Meredith, Belknap 
County, N. H., was born in Tuftonboro, Car- 
rol County this State, December 2, 1833. 
His parents were Thomas E. and Cynthia 
(Blaisdell) Lang. His great-grandfather, 
Josiah Lang, first, a native of Greenland, 
N. H., settled in Portsmouth, and followed the 
trade of a shoemaker. He joined a military 
company that was raised toward the latter part 
of the Revolutionary War and did garrison 
duty. He died May 12, 1828, at the age of 
eighty-two years. His wife, Pearn Johnson, 




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was of Knglish descent. Her father was a 
Colonel in the Revolutionary struggle. She 
was a remarkably bright and active woman, 
anil lived to be ninety-four years old. She 
died June 4, 1S41, having been the mother of 
four sons and three daughters, Josiah, second, 
Captain Lang's grandfather, being the eldest 
child. 

Josiah Lang, second, was born in Lortsniouth, 
April 12, 1772. His occupation was farming. 
He removed with his son to Meredith in 
April, 1816, and died in this town, September. 
27, 1 85 5. He married Sarah Whidden, a 
native of Portsmouth, born August 2, 1774, 
and had a family of three children, namely: 
Joseph W. ; Thomas E. ; and Josiah, who died 
at the age of eleven years. Mrs. Sarah W. 
Lang died December 21, 1861. Josiah Lang, 
second, was a Jacksonian Democrat in politics. 
An extensive reader, he was a man of unusual 
intelligence, and entertained very decided 
views upon all subjects with which he was 
familiar. In his religious belief he was a 
Methodist, and his wife was a Congregation- 
alist, but as there was no place of worship be- 
longing to either of these denominations in the 
vicinity of their residence, they joined the 
Christian church. 

Their son, Thomas E. Lang, was born in 
Portsmouth, June 21, 1801. He was educated 
in the district schools, and accompanied his 
parents to Tuftonboro. He engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits, and resided there until 1854, 
when he bought a small farm in Meredith and 
removed his family to this town. He contin- 
ued to till the soil as long as he was able, the 
last four years of his life being spent in re- 
tirement. He died in 1889. Politically, he 
acted with the Democratic party, and he 
served as Tax Collector in Tuftonboro for sev- 
eral years. He was a member of Morning 
Star Lodge, F. & A. M., of Wolfboro, N.H. 



His wife, Cynthia Blaisdell, was born in 
Gilford, N.H., May 29, 1 S02, daughter of 
the Rev. William Hlaisdell, a Chiistian Bap- 
tist clergyman of that town. She became the 
mother of two children: Sarah Whidden, who 
married Nathan B. Wadleigh, of Meredith; 
and Joseph William. Mrs. Cynthia 15. Lang 
died January 7, 1890. She and her husband 
were members of the Congregational church. 
Joseph William Lang the subject of this 
sketch, acquired his education in the district 
school and at the Meredith Bridge Academy. 
In 1852 he began life for himself as a clerk in 
the general store of Lang & Stevens, the 
senior partner being his uncle. Three years 
later, when about twenty-two years of age, he 
bought the interest of Mr. Stevens, and con- 
tinued in business until the summer of 1862. 
In August of that year he went to work with 
a will to raise a company for service in the 
Civil War, and in four days he recruited 
ninety-eight men and three officers. These 
were mustered in as Company I, of the 
Twelfth Regiment, New Hampshire Volun- 
teers, and Joseph \V. Lang was chosen its 
Captain. On September 27, 1862, they left 
New Hampshire for Washington, and after 
camping upon the Robert K. Lee estate at 
Arlington Heights for a short time joined 
Colonel Wright's division. On October 10 
they were ordered to General Whipple's 
division. Third Army Corps, and joined Gen- 
eral McClellan's command. They were later 
assigned to the Eighteenth and Twenty- fourth 
Army Corps. The Twelfth New Hampshire 
was the last regiment io leave the field after 
the battle of Fredericksburg; and Captain 
Lang commanded his company in the battle of 
Chancellorsville, where he was wounded in 
the thigh and side and taken prisoner. He 
was parolled after thirteen days of captivity, 
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j;ivcn a furlough and came home. In August, 
1863, ho rejoined his regiment at Point Look- 
out, where he remained guarding rebel pris- 
oners until April, 1864; and in May of that 
year he was again laid up on account of his 
«ild wound. lie was at Fortress Monroe 
for a time, and, finally resigning his com- 
mission, returned to Meredith, where the next 
year was passed in recovering his health. He 
was engaged as a clerk until 1870, at which 
timt; he started in the dry-goods business upon 
his own account, and followed it successfully 
until 1879. He has since devoted his time 
and energies to general farming. He owns a 
desirable piece of agricultural property, con- 
taining about one hundred acres, cuts an aver- 
age of forty tons of hay annually, and keeps 
about fifteen head of cattle and a large flock 
of poultry. 

In politics Captain Lang has always been an 
active supporter of the Democratic party. In 
1 861 and 1862 he represented this town in the 
legislature and served upon the committees on 
State House and on Militia. In 1S73 and 
1876 he was again a member of the legislature. 
In 1 89 1 and 1S92 he was a member of the 
Hoard of Selectmen, and he has acted as mod- 
erator at town meetings for twelve years. 

On January 19, i860. Captain Lang married 
Lucy A. Leach, daughter of the Rev. Giles 
Leach, a Congregational ist preacher. The 
only child of this union is Elizabeth W. , who 
is now a teacher in Franklin Falls, N.H. 

In September, 1862, Captain Lang was 
made a Mason in l^lazing Star Lodge, of 
Concord; in 1866 he became a charter mem- 
ber of Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 83; 
and he is also a member of Union Chapter, 
No. 7, R. A. M. of Laconia. He is Past 
Chancellor of Meredith Lodge, No. 50, 
Knights of Pythias; is Past Sachem of Algon- 
quin Tribe, No. 26, Improved Order of Red 



Men; was the I-'irst Commander of (ieorge S. 
Cram Post, No. 54, G. A. R. ; and is con- 
nected with VVinnepesaukee Grange, P. of II. 
Cajitain Lang attends and contributes toward 
the support of the Congregational church, of 
which Mrs. Lang is a member. 




OSCOE G. BLANCH ARD, M.D., 



an able and skilful physician, who has 
^ V ^ met with signal success in the prac- 
tice of his profession since coming to Dover 
thirteen years ago, was born July 24, 1853, in 
West Cumberland, Cumberland County, Me., 
son of Joseph Y. and Abbie N. (Libby) Blan- 
chard. He was six years of age when his par- 
ents removed to Saco, Me. Here he received 
his early education, first attending the distiict 
schools, and afterward the Biddeford High 
School, from which he graduated in 1871. 

After taking a commercial course at Gray's 
Business College in Portland, Mr. Blanchard 
accepted the position of book-keeper and 
cashier with the firm of Chadbourn & Kendall, 
clry-goods merchants of Portland, remaining 
with them seven years. In his spare hours 
during five years of this time.he fitted himself 
for his present career, reading medicine with 
Dr. l*;dward Kimball and attending lectures 
at the Portland Medical College. Having, in 
the meantime, by close economy accumulated 
a sufficient sum to warrant him in giving up 
his position, Mr. Blanchard took a two years' 
medical course at Portland Medical School, 
and afterward entered the medical department 
of Bowdoin College, from which he was gradu- 
ated with the class of 1884. A few months 
later he located in Dover, among whose people 
and those of its suburbs he has since won an 
extensive patronage. 

Dr. R. G. Blanchard was married Septem- 
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(laughter of Z. II. llnclgtloii and Orinda (Rood) 
Hodgdon, of North Boothbay, Me. Ho has 
one daughter, Florence L. , now fourteen 
years of age. In politics Dr. Blanchard is an 
uncompromising Republican. lie is an active 
and prominent member of many societies, in- 
cluding the Maine Medical Society; the Straf- 
ford District Medical Society, of which he has 
been the secretary for two years ; and the 
Dover Medical Society, of which he was sec- 
retary for five years, and president for two 
years. The doctor has likewise been an ar- 
dent worker in Masonic circles, and has done 
much to promote the good of the order in this 
city. He has already taken the thirty-second 
degree of Masonry ; is a member of Strafford 
Lodge and IJelknap Chapter; is Thrice Illus- 
trious Master of Orphan Council ; and a 
Knight of St. Paul's Commandery, of which 
he was Eminent Commander for two years. 
In 1895 he was invested with the degrees of 
the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; and 
he is now at the head of the Dover Lodge of 
Perfection, holding the rank of Thrice Potent 
Grand Master. Dr. Blanchard is also an Odd 
Fellow, belonging to Beacon Lodge, of Port- 
land, and to Portland Encampment. 




;_TEPHEN PERLEY. — The city of 
Laconia, N.H., owes to the Perley 
r-~^^^ family many of her important enter- 
prises. To Stephen Perley especially much is 
due, as he was the father of industrial life in 
this place. He was born in Ipswich, Mass., 
October 7, 1770, a son of Allen Perley. 

The Perley family is said to have had its 
origin in Wales. Allen Perley (first), who \wns 
from St. Albans, Herefordshire, England, 
landed at Charlestown, Mass., in 1630, and 
settled in Ipswich in 1634. The following 
year he was married to Susanna Bokeson, who 



bore him tour sons -John, Samuel, Thomas, 
and Timotiiy. Timothy, who was the great- 
grandfather of the subject of this sketch, had 
throe sons — Stephen (first), Joseph, and Allen 
(second). Ste]ihen (first) had one son, Allen 
(third), a farmer of Ipswich; and Allen (thirtl) 
had four sons — Allen, John, Stephen, and 
Jacob — each of whom lived to be over eighty 
years of age. All these, beginning with the 
children of Allen and Susanna (Bokeson) Per- 
ley, were born in Ipswich, Mass. 

Stephen Perley, who was the third son of his 
parents, acquired his education in the common 
schools of Ipswich; and after leaving school he 
worked for a while in a store in Salem, Mass. 
While still a young man he located in Mere- 
dith Bridge, now Laconia, where he was one 
of the first settlers; and his intlomitable 
energy developed in the small village a re- 
markable degree of industrial activity. At 
one time he owned most of the land on which 
the city stands. He was extensively engaged 
in farming, raising some years six hundred 
bushels of corn. He managed a general store, 
which was the centre of trade not only for the 
inhabitants of the village, but also for those in 
the outlying country. He had a number of 
saw-mills, where the lumber felled on the land 
he was clearing was converted into marketai)le 
shape; and, in addition to all this, he estab- 
lished, as the place grew, a nail factor)', a 
starch factor)', a cotton-mill, and a linseed oil 
mill. The cotton-mill he eventually sold to 
Daniel Avery. Mr. Perley dug the canal con- 
necting the bond of the Winnepesaukee River 
at North Church Street with the same river 
near Winnesquam Lake, where the Laconia 
car shops now are. In foresight and enter- 
prise he was far ahead of his time, and many 
of his plans have been adojited rmd carried out 
by the wise men of to-day. 

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the town. A Jefferson ian Djnvicr.it, he was 
active also in the politics of the time. He 
was one of the electors for Van Huien, reprc- 
sentcii this part of Belknap County in the 
State legislature, and he was Postmaster here 
for thirty years. A resident of the town for 
sixty years, he was an essential factor in its 
life (luring all that time; and no man was more 
popular than he. In his later days he was a 
strong Univcrsalist, and his house was always 
a minister's home. Mr. Perley was a great 
admirer of the Rev. llosca Ballou, of Boston, 
or, as he was reverentially called, Father Bal- 
lou, and invited him at an early day to visit 
him at Meredith Bridge and proclaim his 
peculiar views to the people, as Universalism 
was entirely unknown here. He came and 
preached the new faith, as it was then spoken 
of, and created quite a sensation among the 
inhabitants of the place, both for and against 
the doctrine, many of tiic most prominent 
citizens adopting his ideas at once. The 
Rev. Messrs. Sebastian and Russel Streeter 
followed Mr. Ballou, by invitation of Mr. 
Perley; and in that way he was instrumental 
in forming what was for many years a strong 
and zealous Univcrsalist Society. 

Mr. Perley was twice married. His first 
wife, Abigail, died young, leaving one child, 
a daughter, Sarah, who married Dr. John 
Durkee, of Laconia, a prominent physician at 
that early day. His second marriage was with 
Mehitable, daughter of Colonel Samuel Ladd, 
who was one of the first settlers and a promi- 
nent citizen of Gilmanton, now Belmont, N.H. 
He was a large land-owner, and Ladd Hill 
was named for his family. In politics he was 
directly opposed to Mr. Perley, being an 
earnest Republican. A strictly honest man, 
kind and affectionate to his family and friends, 
he had few enemies. At the time of his death 
Colonel Ladd was the oldest inhabitant of the 



place. Mrs. Mehitable Perley was a most 
worthy, charitable woman and an e.\-emi)lary 
wife and mother. She died October 25, 1S34, 
aged fifty-one years and si.x months. Mr. Per- 
ley died April 13, 1855, passing away peace- 
fully at the good old age of eighty-four years 
and si.x months, leaving five children ^ 
Stephen Jefferson, John Langdon, Louisa, 
Abigail, and Martha Maria. 

Stephen Jefferson Perley died at the age of 
twenty. Of John Langdon Perley, who be- 
came a successful physician and public man, 
an extended account will be found elsewhere 
in this work. Louisa (now deceased) married 
Nathan T. P"ogg, a farmer of Belmont. Abi- 
gail became the wife of John H. Brewster, of 
Laconia, editor of a paper. She also has 
passed to the better life. Martha Maria Per- 
ley still remains in good health at the ripe age 
of eighty-one years. She was born in La- 
conia, November 19, 181 5, and was married 
October 22, 1835, to the Rev. Joseph I'lum- 
mer Atkinson, a Univcrsalist clergyman, who 
was a "native of Gloucester, Mass., and who 
studied with Thomas Whittemore, D.D. 

The Rev. Joseph P. Atkinson was well 
known and highly esteemed in New Hamp- 
shire and Massachusetts during his years of 
ministerial labor, having charge of churches 
in Hingham, Mass., Dover, and Weare, N.H., 
Westbrook, Me., and Marblehead, Orleans, and 
Orange, Mass., and for a while being in tlie 
Universalis! Publishing House in Boston, 
Mass. In 1852 Mr. Atkinson became a resi- 
dent of Laconia; and here in 1885 he and his 
wife celebrated their golden wedding, which 
excited much interest, being the first ever held 
in this region. He made his home in Laconia 
up to the time of his death, which occurred 
December 27, 1888, when he was seventy-nine 
years of age. From the address at his funeral 
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these words of high appreciation: "His pulpit 
labors were marked by plain common sense 
and freedom from anything like ambiguity. 
Scorning all cant and every form of pretence, 
he breathed the spirit of our holy religion into 
his life toil, and allied himself with all those 
movements fitted to uplift the community 
around him. Especially was the cause of tem- 
perance dear to his heart, and he was a life 
worker of its principles." 

It is easy to believe as one looks upon the 
intelligent and kindly features of Mrs. Atkin- 
son that she was an able helpmeet to her hus- 
band in his church and other work. The three 
children born to Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson are 
all living at this time (1897). They are: 
Mrs. Josephine P. Thwing, widow of Charles 
Thwing, a merchant tailor of Boston; Orville 
A., who has succeeded to Mr. Thwing in busi- 
ness; and Joseph P. Atkinson, a jsrominent 
merchant of Laconia. 



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fs^OHN D. PHILBRICK, a well-known 
merchant, engaged in the grocery busi- 
ness in I'lochester, Strafford County, 
was born in P^fflngham, Carroll County, N. H., 
in September, 184S, son of Ara and Sarah A. 
(Thompson) Philbrick. He remained at home 
with his parents until thirteen years old, in 
the meanwhile attending the common schools. 
Then, leaving home, he went to Wenham, 
Mass., where he worked for three years in a 
shoe factory, later going to Dover, where he 
was employed in shoe factories some sixteen 
years. He next went to Lowell and connected 
himself as travelling salesman with a house 
dealing in mill supplies, and was thus engaged 
four years, during which time he travelled 
through New Plngland, Canada, and the Prov- 
inces. In 1884 he came to Rochester, and 
embarked in his present business, of which he 



has made a coniplete success. On March 35, 
1879, l^I''- Philbrick was married to Miss 
Abbie Cater, of Barrington, N. II. Their 
only ehiUl died at tiie age of nine years. 

Politically, Mr. Philbrick is a Republican, 
and has been very active in local affairs. He 
is now serving his fourth term as County Com- 
missioner. He was one of the Counciimen in 
the first City Council, and took a leading part 
in clearing the city square, being chairman of 
the committee that had charge of the work. 
Mr. Philbrick is a member of Humane Lodge, 
No. 21, F. & A. M. ; Mount Pleasant Lodge, 
I. O. O. F., of Dover; and the Dover Lodge of 
Elks. 




AZEN P. WEEKS, a successful farmer 
of Gilford, Belknap County, N. H., 
and a veteran of the Civil War, was 
born on Liberty Hill, October 22, 1840, son 
of Noah and Mary (Dudley) Weeks. His 
grandfather, Noah Weeks, Sr. , who was born 
in Greenland, N. H., January 12, 1754, was 
the first of the family to settle in Gilford. In 
February, 1780, he married Betsey Meade, 
who was born April 11, 1759, and died March 
26, 1820. He died ALirch 12, 1825. 

Noah and Betsey (Meade) Weeks were the 
parents of nine children, a brief record of 
whom is as follows: William, born in Gil- 
manton, December 14, 1782, died in 1839; 
Mary, born September 24, 1784, died July 26, 
1806; Sally was born November 14, 1786; 
Matthias was born December 13, 178S; A.sa 
was born in August, 1790; Betsey was born 
August 24, 1792, and died January 9, 1818; 
Hannah was born June 18, 1794, and died in 
181 3; Noah was born March 29, 1797; and 
Eleanor was born January 12, 1804. William 
Weeks settled in Portsninuth, N.ll., antl was 
in his later years editor of a newspaper. He 
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Daniel Kcllcy, and resided upon a farm on 
Guiney Kidge in the town of Gilmanton. 
Her son, John L. Keliey, is now a well-tcnown 
resident of Franklin, N. II. Matthias Weeks 
lived in Gilfiml, and was a prosperous farmer, 
lie married Betsey Thing, and had three 
children, of whom the only one living is Dea- 
con Jonathan, who is now eighty years old. 
Hetsey Weeks married I^phraim C. Mason. 
A.sa married Jemima Marston. Eleanor mar- 
rieil John G. Sanhorn, and resides in Laconia. 
Noah Weeks, fourth son of Noah, Sr. , en- 
gaged in farming with his father when a young 
man, and continueil with him while he lived. 
Previous to his death, grandfather Noah 
Weeks divided his property, Asa taking the 
Webster farm, Noah, Jr., father of Hazen P. 
Weeks, retaining possession of the homestead 
on Liberty Hill. Me was an able farmer, and 
realized a comfortable prosperity as the result 
of his labor. He was prominent in public 
affairs, and for many years was a Deacon of 
the Free Will Baptist church. He died in 
August, 1872. His wife, Mary Dudley, whom 
he married April 23, 1820, became the mother 
of eleven children; namely, Betsey M., 
Charles H., Alvah T., Mary J., Lyman M., 
Eleanor V., Hannah A., Noah D., Serepta A. 
Hazen P., the subject of this sketch, and Sarah 
F. Betsey M. Weeks, became Mrs. Ellis, is 
now a widow, and resides with her son in New 
York City. Charles H. married Polly Wad- 
leigh, and died in Centre Harbor, N. H. Al- 
vah T. , who lives in Romney, N. H., married 
Salina Blanding, and had a family of three 
children, two of whom are living. Mary J. 
married Frank Naton, and died in Manchester, 
leaving one child, who is living in Laconia. 
Lyman M. wedded Mary A. Thing, and both 
died in Gilford, N.H., leaving one child, now 
living in Laconia. Eleanor P. married Albert 
Rogers (both deceased). Hannah A. died at 



the age of si.xteen years. Noah D. married 
Emma Jewell, and lives in Laconia, N. H. 
Sarepta A. is now Mrs. Lamprey, of Laconia. 
.Sarah T. married Hiram Emerson, and is re- 
siding at the old homestead. 

Hazen P. Weeks was educated in the dis- 
trict schools, at Gilford Academy, and at New 
Hampton, where he spent one sch(K)l year, and 
then returned to his father's home for a short 
time. In 1S63 he enlisted in the P'irst Regi- 
ment, New Hampshire Heavy Artillery. He 
served as a non-commissioned officer until the 
close of the war, and after his return from the 
army he was for a few years engaged in farm- 
ing at the homestead. In 1874 he bought the 
Webster farm, formerly his uncle Asa's, which 
adjoins the home property, and, having added 
more land, he now owns two hundred acres. 
He has made various improvements upon the 
land and buildings, and has one of the best 
pieces of agricultural property in this locality. 
He was formerly engaged in stock-raising, 
but for the past fifteen years has devoted his 
attention to the milk business. He is an 
active supporter of the Republican party, has 
served three years as a Selectman, and two 
years as a Representative; and while in the 
legislature he was a member of the Committee 
on Roads and Bridges and upon the Insane 
Asylum. 

Mr. Weeks married Mary F. Roberts, a 
native of Belmont, N.H., daughter of John M. 
and Sarah E. (Leavitt) Roberts. Her father 
was a native of Gilford, and her mother was 
born in North Hampton, N. H. John Roberts, 
father of John M., was an early settler in 
Gilford. He had three other sons; namely, 
Charles, Joseph L. , and James H., who at one 
time were all engaged in the machine business 
in Boston, where James H. Roberts is carry- 
ing on an extensive business in that line at the 
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meiiy in business, but returned to the home- 
stead in order to care for his parents in their 
old age, and is now living in Laconia. Mrs. 
Weeks has a sister, I^tta E. , who married 
Dana Elliott, of Laconia, and a brother, John 
L. Roberts, who is now engaged in the wood, 
coal, and ice business in Laconia. Mr. and 
Mrs. Weeks have two children — Walter S. 
and Bessie E. Walter S. Weeks received his 
education at schot)ls in Gilford and New 
Hampton. Mr. Weeks is a member of Gran- 
ite Lodge, No. 3, Ancient Order of United 
Workmen, of Laconia; and he and Mrs. 
Weeks are members of Belknap Grange. In 
his religious views he is a Free Will Baptist. 



(gtr MELVIN FOSS, ex-Mayor of Dover, 
f^ and one of its substantial business 
/°'ls\^^ ^ nien, was born July 23, 1847, in the 
town of Strafford. He is a son of Dennis and 
Hannah (Peary) Foss, the former of whom 
was for several years a mill owner in Straf- 
ford. After receiving his education in a pri- 
vate school, Mr. Foss, at the age of eighteen 
years, became a clerk in the general store of 
John W. Jewell, of Strafford. Two years 
later he and his father opened a store of the 
same kind in the same place. In 1874 D. Foss 
& Son brought their business to Dover, here 
establishing a small bo.x factory and grain mill. 
They disposed of the grain mill in 1884, and 
then added to the manufacture of boxes that of 
doors, sashes, and blinds, devoting the entire 
first floor of their new building to the planing 
and bo.\ mill, and the second and third floors 
t(j the other departments. Their business now 
gives employment to fifty or more men. 

In politics Mr. Foss is a firm supporter of 
the principles of the Republican party. Dur- 
ing the administration of Fresident U. S. 
Grant he served as Postmaster of Strafford. 



Since his arrival in Dover he has been closely 
identified with the best interests of the city, 
and has won the sincere esteem of his fellow- 
citizens. For several years he was a member 
of the School Board ; and during the years of 
1893, 1894, and 1895 he served acceptably in 
the office of IVhiyor. He is a member of 
Strafford Lodge, No. 29, F. & A. M., the 
chairs of which he has passed through; of 
Belknap Chapter, passing through the chairs; 
of Orphan Council, in which he has been Dep- 
uty Master; and St. Paul Commandery, of 
which he is Generalissimo. He is also an 
active member of the Dover Lodge of Elks. 

In 1869 Mr. Foss married Miss Clara S. 
Foss, daughter of Frank and Alice T. (Foss) 
Foss, of Strafford. Mr. and Mrs. P'oss have 
but one child, Ina G., now the wife of Frank 
E. Boomer, junior member of the firm of 
A. P. Drew & Co, photographers, of Dover. 



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LL.IAM ROCKWELL CLOUGH, 
the well-known manufacturer of 
Alton, N. H., was born in this town, 
November 8, 1844. He is the younger son of 
the late John C. Clough, and a grandson of 
Daniel Clough, who came to Alton with his 
two brothers, the three settling on adjoining 
farms, and all rearing families. Daniel ditl 
farming and some lumbering, and carried on a 
coo[)ering business in the winter months, sell- 
ing barrels in the surrounding towns. He 
married Sally Meserve, and was father of three 
sons — Joseph M., l^enjamin F., and John C. 
Joseph M. married Esther Philbrick, and had 
two children — Electa and Daniel. Benjamin 
F. lived on the homestead, but never marrieil. 
John C. Clough received a good education, 
and afterward learned the painter's and cabinet- 
maker's trade. He carried on an extensive 
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his active business life, ami later retired to 
Alton, where he developed farming interests. 
He was a loyal Republican, and represented 
the town in the State legislature and held 
various other offices. 11 is wife was Lydia 
Treddick, and his two children were: Oscar, 
now living on the old place; and William 
Rockwell Clough, the subject of this sketch. 
John C. Clough was a mechanical genius. In 
the earliest stages of match making he manu- 
factured some lucifer matches and sold them, 
lie foresaw the ]iossibil ities of the business, 
but, lacking capital, he could not go into it to 
the e.xtent he wished to; had he lived longer, 
he would, undoubtedly, have been able to 
carry out his plans. 

Rockwell Clough attended the public 
schools in Alton and Gilmanton and Franklin 
Academy, Dover, and also took a commercial 
course, graduating at Eastman's College, 
Poughkeepsie. He worked with his father on 
the farm until his seventeenth year, when, 
wishing a wider field, he went to Massachu- 
setts. While he was there the war broke out, 
and in 1S62 Mr. Clough enlisted in the Fif- 
tieth Massachusetts Regiment, and going into 
the field was in the siege and as.sault at Port 
Hudson, being under fire there for six weeks. 
During his residence in New York, after the 
war, he joined the Ninth Regiment of Infantry 
in the State National Guard, going in as First 
Lieutenant of Company H, and being afterward 
elected Captain. He was in this regiment for 
over five years, and withdrew on account of 
leaving the city. 

Wishing to become a professional book- 
keeper, Mr. Clough secured a place in Cani- 
bridgeport, and, after gaining valuable experi- 
ence there during a few years, he was ap- 
pointed as expert accountant in the United 
States Department of the Internal Revenue in 
Boston, where he remained for two years. 



While tliere he conceived the idea that corks 
in medicine bottles were incomplete without 
a screw to remove them. The ordinary way of 
digging out the cork with a knife or scissors 
destroyed the cork and often spoiled the medi- 
cine. Mr. Clough thought that if wire screws 
could be manufactured in sufficient quantities 
and at low enough cost to enable manufact- 
urers of patent and standard medicines to sup- 
ply a screw for every stopper sold, it would 
make a paying business and be of general 
utility. Screws could be manufactured at a 
very small expense if the proper machinery 
could be invented and a market insured. Once 
started on the line of invention, Mr. Clough 
became deeply interested, and has ever since 
been actively at work in thinking out new de- 
vices. He has patented in all over thirty in- 
ventions. It was three years before he could 
find a firm to take the wire screw in sufficient 
quantities to make its manufacture a suc- 
cess, and during this time he travelled over a 
large territory endeavoring to interest various 
firms in his plan. At last Perry Davis & Son 
were favorably impressed, and agreed to a con- 
tract, whereby they were to be supplied with 
wire screws for all the bottles in which their 
"Pain Killer" and other medicines were sold. 
Their only fear was that the screws cotild not 
be manufactured in sufficient numbers to keep 
them supplied. 

The machinery has been constantly im- 
proved, and automatic machines are now used 
by which one operator can do as much work as 
could be accomplished by twenty men working 
by hand. These machines have been intro- 
duced in both F"rance and England, and Mr. 
Clough has made several trips abroad in the 
interest of his patent. At the Centennial Ex- 
position in Philadelphia in 1876, when the old 
machines were in use, he secured two pre- 
miums. In 187S, at Paris, he received an- 




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other reward, and at the Columbian Exposi- 
tion, Chicago, in 1S93, he took the highest 
medal, the machines being one of the most 
interesting features of Machinery Hall, and 
the place they occii|)ied always one of the 
crowded sections. Mr. Clongh and two as- 
sistants were constantly at work making 
screws, which were sold at five cents a ])iece 
as fast as they could be turned out. At the 
Cotton States Exposition at Atlanta, in 1895, 
the exhibit of the Rockwell Clongh Company 
attracted great attention, and Mr. Clough was 
honored by being chosen president of an asso- 
ciation composed of all the leading exhibitors, 
some fifteen hundred in number; in this posi- 
tion he entertained foreign and State clubs, 
and came in contact with many interesting and 
widely-known people. He met many Southern 
soldiers amid fraternal and pleasant associa- 
tions, and retains the most agreeable recollec- 
tions of his visit to Atlanta. Mr. Clough's 
business has been located successively at New 
Bedford, Mass., New York City, Brooklyn, 
Newark, N.J., and Alton. He has at various 
times had a partner in the business, but is 
now sole proprietor. Upon the death of his 
father, he came back to Alton, where, despite 
the advice of friends, who feared that this 
would not be a favorable location, he has built 
up a flourishing business. He now makes also 
a staple which has been patented, and which 
is supplied to a Boston heeling machine com- 
pany to be used in the manufacture of boots 
and shoes for fastening the heels. 

While making his way in business and 
struggling for success, Mr. Clough had little 
time to devote to politics; but now, with busi- 
ness and trade well established, he has turned 
his attention somewhat to his civic responsi- 
bilities. A lifelong Republican and a loyal 
one, he was last year chosen by his party as a 
candidate for the legislature, and was elected 



for the session of 1897, at which he was ac- 
corded the high honor of Chairmanship of Com- 
mittee on National .Affairs, and was made the 
President of the Veterans' Association of the 
legislature. His tilt with William Jennings 
Bryan at Manchester was noted in the pui)lic 
l)ress througliout the country. When Mr. 
Bryan was to speak in that city, Se])teniber 26, 
1S96. Mr. Clough went to the hall, not with 
any idea of questioning him, Lnit as a listener. 
The arguments put forth by the speaker, how- 
ever, seemed so specious, and .such an attack 
on Republican principles, that Mr. Clough, 
without premeditation, put forth question after 
question in such a manner as to win for him- 
self great commendation from his supporters. 
A few days later he addressed an open letter 
to the supporter of the Silver Democracy, 
which was afterward printed and widely dis- 
seminated as campaign literature. 

Mr. Clough is a Mason and a member of 
Crystal Wave Lodge, No. 6^8, ]?rooklyn, 
N.Y. ; also a charter member of Winfield 
Scott Hancock Post, G. A. R., New York 
City. He is at the jjresent time Commis- 
sioner from the State of New Hampshire to 
the Tennessee Centennial Exposition at Nash- 
ville. 

Mr. Clough's wife, formerly Miss Amelia 
Young, died in 18S5. His only child, a 
daughter named Gertrude, is married to P'rank 
J. Dugan, a prominent manufacturer of Nor- 
walk, Conn. Mr. Clough has a fine residence 
at Alton, and hospitably entertains his many 
city friends. 



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IRAU F. SNOW, proprietor of the 
Dover Loom, Harness, and Recti 
P'actory in Dover, Strafford County, 
N.H., has been clo.sely identified with the in- 
dustrial interests of this part of the State for 
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uary 28, 1S26, in North Berwick, Me., a son 
of Hiram Snow. His father was likewise a 
native of North Berwick, and there grew to 
manhood, learning the shoemaker's trade as 
soon as he was old enough to engage in that 
useful handicraft. He subsequently settled 
in Tamworth, N.H., and worked at shocmak- 
ing until his death, which occurred at the 
early age of thirty-five years. His wife, 
Hannah Felch, a native of Tamworth, sur- 
vived him a number of years, dying, a little 
while after her second marriage, at Eaton, 
N.H., when thirty-seven years old. 

Hiram F. Snow was about a year and a half 
old when left fatherless; and from that time 
until si.xtcen years of age he lived with his 
mother's brother, J. Felch, a farmer, in Tam- 
worth. Going then to the neighboring town 
of Effingham, he learned the trade of a carpen- 
ter and joiner, working there about three 
years. He afterward made his way to Dover, 
and, here beginning in a modest way as a car- 
penter, gradually enlarged his operations until 
he built up one of the most extensive contract- 
ing, roofing, and building businesses in the 
city, continuing until 1886. In that year Mr. 
Snow purchased his present factory, and, hav- 
ing equipped it with the most approved modern 
machinery, has since carried it on with most 
gratifying success. He is known throughout 
the city as a man of more than ordinary busi- 
ness ability and tact, who through his own 
exertions has steadily climbed the ladder of 
prosperity. In addition to his factory he owns 
considerable stock in other industrial enter- 
prises, he has six valuable thoroughbred road 
horses that he raised himself, and he occupies 
one of the most attractive residences in the 
city. All of this property has been acquired 
by persistent work, he having been from his 
youth up entirely dependent upon his own 
resources. 



Mr. Snow has been twice married. His first 
wife, Roxanna, daughter of Joseph and Anna 
(Gray) Gentleman, of Dover, passed on to tiie 
higher life July 6", 1882. She bore him three 
children, the following being their record: 
Charles F. , a tailor, resides in Dover; George 
W., also a resident of this city, is a roofer and 
carpenter; a daughter, Hannah Francis, died 
when three years old. Mr. Snow married June 
20, 1883, Miss Fannie Pinkham, daughter of 
Charles and Mary (Amazeen) Pinkham, of 
Farmington, N.H. Of this union two chil- 
dren have been born, namely: Ethel M., who 
died when seven years old; and Bertha F"., a 
bright little girl of nine years. 

Politically, Mr. Snow is an active Republi- 
can; and, besides having served as Council- 
man two years and as Alderman for the same 
length of time, he has represented Ward Two 
in the State legislature another two years. 
He is prominently identified with the Masonic 
fraternity, having taken the thirty - second 
degree, and being a Knight Templar. Pie is 
an active member of the Strafford Lodge, 
F. & A. M. , of Dover; and is likewise a 
Knight of Pythias, belonging to Wechohamet, 
No. 3, I. O. O. F., of this city. 



/ ^^TeORGE O. HAYES, of Madbury, 
V 1^ I Strafford County, N. H., is recog- 
nized as one of the most intelligent 
and thorough-going farmers of this locality. 
He was born March i, 1838, on the homestead 
that he now occupies. This old homestead 
was also the birthplace of his father, Timo- 
thy Y. Hayes, and of his grandfather, Na- 
thaniel Hayes. 

The first of the family to hold it in posses- 
sion was his great-grandfather, Daniel Hayes, 
who was born in England, August 26, 1723. 
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chased the land while it was but partially cul- 
tivated, and with sturdy perseverance made 
good headway in his pioneer work of clearing 
and improving a farm. He married Sarah 
riumer, of Milton, this county, March 23, 
1749, and thirteen children were born to them. 
Four t)f the nimiber died in childhood; the 
names of the others were as follows: Richard, 
Elizabeth, Daniel, Abigail, Sarah, Mahit- 
able, Ezekiel, Ichabod, and Nathaniel. Mr. 
Daniel Hayes and his sons conducted a small 
tannery business on the farm, preparing the 
material from which, to some e.Ntent, they 
manufactured boots and shoes. Mr. Daniel 
Hayes attained the good old age of eighty- 
four years. 

Nathaniel Hayes, who succeeded his father 
in the ownership of the homestead, was born 
March 14, 1773, and married Mary Young, of 
Madbury, December 27, 1798. Their chil- 
dren were: Daniel, Timothy Young, Ira, 
Plummer, Jeremy D., Sarah P., Oliver K., 
and one other who died in infancy. Mr. Na- 
thaniel Hayes did a great deal of pioneer work 
on this place, adding materially to the im- 
provements. He was popular in the com- 
•munity, and at one time served as the Repre- 
sentative of his town in the State legislature. 
He with his sons carried on many different 
branches of industry. From the banks of 
clay on a part of said farm they made bricks 
for various uses, some of them being now jjre- 
served as relics. They also built and ojierated 
a saw-mill on the banks of the Bellamy River, 
which runs through the farm. Blacksmith ing, 
too, was carried on ; and some of the home- 
made tools, such as steelyards and hammers 
are in use at the present time. They likewise 
worked at joinery, making window frames 
and sashes, also doors. During this time 
farming was not in any way neglected. Busi- 
ness seemed to centre at this place, until rival 



manufactures, on a larger scale, with machinery 
and improved methods, made wares cheaper to 
i)uy than to make at home. In those days rta.x 
was grown in the fields and prepared by the 
men for the busy housewife to spin and weave; 
and sheep were raised, from which wool was 
obtained for her to use in weaving cloth for 
clothing and for other purposes, the garments 
worn in the family being cut and made at 
home. 

Mr. Nathaniel Hayes died at the age of fifty- 
nine years, his son, Timothy Y. Hayes, com- 
ing in possession of the estate. He was born 
August 17, iSoi, and here spent his entire 
life. He died June 11, 1879. In his chosen 
occupation, agriculture, he was prospered, his 
diligent toil day after day meeting with a 
deserved reward. He was married May 27, 
1833, to Abigail Ham, of Barnstead, who was 
born September 21, 1802. They had two 
children, namely: Eliza A., born August 14, 
1836, who is now the widow of David H. 
Evans, and resides in her native town ; and 
George O. , special subject of this sketch. 

George O. Hayes acquired a good education 
in the public schools of Dover, and in his 
youthful days when not attending to his studies 
worked on the home farm, becoming as famil- 
iar with its duties as with the contents of his 
books. The management of the homestead 
devolved upon him when he was but twenty 
years of age, and from that time until the 
present he has looked most faithfully after its 
interests, each year adding to its improve- 
ments and value. He has also bought other 
land, being now the possessor of two hundred 
acres, one hundred and fifty of which belonged 
to the original estate. He carries on general 
farming and dairying; and, in addition to this, 
he raises sheep, a branch of inilu.stry in which 
he has excellent success. 

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to I'^liza A. Drew, who was born in tlic town 
of l?:irrington, this county, March 30, 1S38, 
a daughter of Silas and Eliza J. (Caverly) 
Drew. Two sons born to ^Ir. and Mrs. Hayes 
died in infancy. The two children now living 
are: Martin T. H., who was born March 2, 
1862; and Emma E. , who was born June 21, 
1877. Martin T. II. Hayes received his edu- 
cation in Dover public schools; and he now 
lives on the farm with his father, assisting 
him in its management. He married, August 
5, 1888, Rosa A. Emerson, who was born 
October 30, 1868, in Lcc, this county. Their 
only child, George L., a bright and beautiful 
boy, born May 9, 1892, passed away at the 
age of four years, four months, and twenty- 
eight days. Emma K. Hayes was graduated at 
the Dover High School with the class of 
1896, and began teaching school on August 31 
of the same year. 



/^TToRGE H. DEMERITT, an enter- 
Vf^r ])rising merchant and one of the most 
prominent residents of Alton, N.H., 
was born in Nottingham, Rockingham County, 
February 27, 1859. His parents, John H. and 
Jane Demeritt, were born in Durham, Straf- 
ford County, N.H., and the family sprang 
from one of three brothers, sons of Eli de 
Merit, who were among the early settlers of 
Durham. 

George H. Demeritt's father left his native 
town when a young man, and, settling in Not- 
tingham, followed agricultural pursuits for 
some time. He then turned his attention to 
shoemaking, which has been his principle 
occupation in life. His wife, Jane Demeritt, 
became the mother of four children, namely: 
Andrew J. ; Frank J. ; Jossie; and George H., 
the subject of this sketch. Andrew J. became 
an engineer on the Union Pacific Railroad, and 



died in 1894. Frank J. fitted for college at 
I'inkerton Academy, Derry, N.H., and subse- 
cpiently engaged in teaching. After that he 
began to read law; in 1880 he went to Texas; 
in 1884 he was admitted to the bar in Galves- 
ton, Tex. ; and he is now one of the most 
prominent lawyers in the State. Jossie at- 
tended the town school, and lived with her 
father until she was married to Mr. William 
Ramsdell. She and her husband, who is fore- 
man for F. J. Durgin & Co., now reside at 
Bradford, Mass. Mrs. Jane Demeritt died 
some thirty-one years ago. 

Being thus left motherless at the age of 
seven years, George H. Demeritt went to 
reside with John Morrison of East Northwood, 
N. H. He remained there until 1873, when 
he entered Phillips Academy at Plxeter, N.H. ; 
and in the fall of 1873 he went to Pinkerton 
Academy, Derry, N. H., where his studies 
were completed. He then began to work for 
B. W. Hoyt & Co., Pipping, N. H., where he 
remained until 1882, at which time he came 
to Alton and entered the employ of John Col- 
lins as draftsman and foreman of the cutting- 
room. In that double capacity he continued 
until November 28, 1896, when he severed his 
connection with the factory, much to the re- 
gret of those directly under his supervision, as 
well as his employers and all others con- 
cerned. He immediately formed a partner- 
ship with Waldo C. Varney and P'rank A. 
Varney, under the firm name of Demeritt & 
Varney Brothers, for the purpose of engaging 
in general mercantile business. This concern 
has fitted up s]jacious quarters located upon 
the ground floor of John Coll.ins's factory, 
fronting on the main thoroughfare of the vil- 
lage ; and they carry a large stock of general 
merchandise, including dry goods, boots and 
shoes, paints and oils, furnishing goods, gro- 
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In politics Mr. Demeritt is an active and 
zealous supporter of the Republican party, and 
has earnestly advocated its [irinciples since be- 
coming a voter. In 1891 he was elected a 
member of the School Board, upon which he 
served for three years. He was Town Clerk 
from 1893 to 1895. He succeeded the Hon. 
Amos L. Rollins as Judge of the Police Court, 
which position he resigned on November 30, 
i8g6, previous to entering mercantile business. 

He is now a Justice of the Peace, also Chair- 
man of the Republican Town Committee, and 
the local party organization has in him a most 
capable and efficient worker. Actively in- 
terested in all movements which tend to bene- 
fit the general community, he was one of the 
committee of three who were elected by the 
town to locate and build the Opera House; 
has been President of the Building and Loan 
Association, and Chairman of the Board of 
Library Trustees since its organization. In 
fact, he was one of the original promoters of 
the movement which resulted in the estab- 
lishment of that useful institution, having 
begun his endeavors to bring it into e.xistence 
when the State law was passed, giving one hun- 
dred dollars' worth of books to every town that 
would inaugurate and place in working order a 
public library. He labored diligently to se- 
cure its foundation and opening, with the re- 
sult that it now contains over two thousand 
volumes. Mr. Demeritt has at various times 
acted as Librarian, having served in that ca- 
pacity without remuneration, and his efforts in 
its behalf are both creditable to himself and 
an honor to the town. 

In 1880 Mr. Demeritt was united in mar- 
riage with Carrie E. Norris, daughter of 
Thomas J. Norris, of Epping, N.H. In Ma- 
sonry Mr. Demeritt has reached tlie Royal 
Arch Degree. He is a member of Sullivan 
Lodge, No. 19, F. & A. M., of Epping, and of 



the chapter in Farmington, N.H. He is also 
a member of Cocheco Lodge, No. 28, Knigiits 
of Pythias, of Alton, and a member of the 
Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. 




i:UBEN W, PRICE, M.D., of Alton, 
whose career has been divided bc- 

^ V_ ^ tween the practice of medicine and 
dentistry, in both of which he has met with 
excellent success, was born in Gilmanton, Bel- 
knap County, N.H., February 12, 1838, a son 
of Moses and Sarah (Page) Price. 

William Price, son of Richard, a native of 
Wales, as the master of a vessel made frequent 
voyages to America, where at twenty-four 
years of age, on September 12, 1727, he met 
and married Sarah Hidden, of Rowley, Mass. 
Si.x years later, in 1733, Captain William 
Price was lost in the Strait of Gibraltar. He 
left a son and daughter — William and Sarah. 
William, second, son of Captain William, 
married Sarah Giddings, of Essex, Mass., in 
1752. During the early years of his life he 
was a successful grocer in Newburyport, Mass. 
In January, 1782, he settled on a farm in Gil- 
manton, N.H., where he died June 18, 1797, 
aged seventy years, leaving eight children; 
namely, William, Sally, Mary, Elizabeth S., 
John B., Ebenezer, Lucy, and Ebenezcr (sec- 
ond) . 

William, the eldest child, the third of the 
name in direct line, born December 23, 1752, 
died December 9, 1822, aged seventy years. 
He was married first on April 30, 1781, to 
Susanna Sumner, of Portsmouth, N. H., and 
resided for six years in Newburyport. Then 
in 1787 he followed his father to Gilmanton, 
where he became a successful farmer, and held 
various positions of trust. His first wife died 
July 18, 1794, aged forty-two; and his sec- 
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Mrs. Mary Adams Smith, died on October 3, 
1847, at eii;hty-si.\ years of age. There were 
six children by the first union — John, Will- 
iam, Stephen, Sarah, Eben and Mary (twins) ; 
and four by the second union ; namely, 
Hpiiraim S., Ebenezer, Moses, and Thomas. 

Moses Price, the youngest but one of ten 
children, worked in his early life at his trade 
of carpenter and builder; and, having bought 
with his earnings the shares of his brothers, 
he lived on the old homestead, which has re- 
mained in the Price name for more than a 
hundred years, and has been the home of five 
generations. He was a member of the Con- 
gregational church, the hardest working man 
in Belknap County, a leading citizen, promi- 
nent in town affairs, being often elected to 
office as a Republican, when the Democrats 
were in the ascendency. He was thrice mar- 
ried, first on March 30, 1826, to Theodate 
Page, who died October i, 1827, at the age of 
twenty-one; second, on December 25, 1829, 
to Sarah Page, who died November 19, 1854; 
and third, on March 24, 1858, to widow 
Judith Edgerly Gilman, whom he left a widow 
at his death in 1873. There was one child by 
the first marriage, Theodate P., who married 
Levi H. Mudget, of Gilmanton, N.H. By 
the second marriage there were two sons and 
two daughters; namely, Kbenezer Sewall, 
Mary P., Reuben W., and Martha E. Eben- 
ezer Sewall married Mary Jane Clay and lived 
on the old homestead ; Mary P. married Ben- 
jamin Quincy Jewett, of Gilford, N.H. ; 
Martha E. was graduated at Gilmanton Acad- 
emy and Mount Holyoke College, South Had- 
ley, Mass., and taught school a number of 
years in New Hampshire and in South 
Weymouth and Beverly, Mass. She is now a 
missionary at Inanda, Natal, South Africa, 
whither she went in 1877. 

Reuben W. Price, the special subject of 



this biography, worked on the home farm until 
about fifteen years of age, after which he fitted 
for college at Gilmanton Academy, but for 
want of health he gave up a collegiate course, 
and began the study of medicine with Dr. 
Nahum Wight, of Gilmanton. After studying 
three years and attending one course of med- 
ical lectures at Bowdoin College in Maine, and 
two courses at Dartmouth College, Hanover, 
N.H., he received his medical degree from 
the latter institution. His educational ex- 
penses were in large part defrayed by teaching 
in Gilmanton and Manchester, and as an as- 
sistant at Gilmanton Academy. 

Immediately after his graduation in 1861 he 
located in Seabrook, N.H.; and after three 
years' practice enlisted from that town in the 
First New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, as a 
private soldier; but before leaving the State 
he received from the governor a commission as 
First Assistant Surgeon of that regiment. On 
arriving at Washington he was placed in 
charge of General Hardin's brigade of the 
Twenty-second Army Corps. He was after- 
ward Post Surgeon at Fort Reno, and again at 
Fort Sumner, Md., and was mustered out of 
the service with the regiment in 1865. He 
soon after received an appointment from Presi- 
dent Lincoln as one of the surgeons of the 
One Hundred and Fifteenth United States 
Calvary Infantry, stationed at New Orleans, 
and served in that regiment and in the Eighth 
United States Cavalry, Heavy Artillery, at 
Indiandla and Victoria, Tex., until the close 
of the war. 

Being mustered out in Kentucky, and wish- 
ing to see more of the West, he made a trip 
to Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas, and bought 
a tract of land on the Pacific Railroad in 
Prairie township, Jackson County, Mo. He 
soon after moved to his new purchase, and, 
having laid out the town of Greenwood, built 



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the largest house on the town plat, where he 
kept a drug store, and practised medicine. 
Iking a pioneer, he was a leader in tlie organ- 
ization of the town and the establishment of 
its schools, as well as a leading practitioner 
in Prairie township. 

He was the first station agent, for several 
years Postmaster and a Notary Public, a mem- 
ber of the Medical Association organized in 
Jackson County, also of the Masonic Lodge 
and several temperance and other societies. 
Having been reared in the Congregational 
church, he was an.xious to establish that de- 
nomination in the new town, and, though the 
only Congrcgationalist there, he succeeded in 
uniting the disciples of various creeds in a 
Congregational church, of which he was made 
the first Deacon, and Chairman of its first 
Itoard of Trustees. He was so far financially 
successful as to own property in 1870, valued 
above debts at ten thousand dollars. 

Speculations, entered into with every pros- 
pect of success, were rendered abortive by the 
■financial crash of 1872; losses by indorsing 
other people's paper came about by the same 
cause ; drouth, grasshoppers, and other pests 
destroyed the crops for several years, business 
being so far destroyed as to make a change of 
location desirable; and in 1S76 he made a 
trip through the Indian Territory and Te.xas, 
where he spent a year lecturing on astronomy 
and physiology, studying in the meantime the 
Indian problem, and looking for a new place 
of business. That year was an eventful one in 
the doctor's life, filled with adventures and 
hair-breadth escapes which would fill a vol- 
ume with truth stranger than fiction. After 
his return he decided not to move South, but 
resumed practice at the old stand. A dentist 
came to the place for a temporary stay, and 
shared his office, during which he "stole the 
trade" (having studied it before studying med- 



icine). He then jiractised both medicine and 
dentistry until the fall of 1881, when he made 
a visit to Belknap County, and, finding La- 
conia with only one dentist, he rented an 
office, into which he moved as soon as his 
business could be settled in Missouri. On 
coming to Laconia, he gave up the jiractice of 
medicine altogether, but had an extensive 
dental practice there for twelve years. He 
was a charter member of Crystal Council, No. 
2, of Chosen Friends, was its first Secretary 
and afterward its Chief Councillor; a member 
of several temperance societies, and active in 
church and temperance work. 

On May 14, 1862, Dr. Price married Manda 
C. Smith, by whom he had five children — 
Minnie, Harvey, Lulu E., Ethelyn Mallei, 
and Willard A. Minnie Price attended 
Greenwood Academy in Missouri, Gilnianton 
Academy, and the Normal School in Pridgc- 
water, Mass., taught school in Gilnianton antl 
in Laconia, and is now a teacher in Denver, 
Col. Harvey died in infancy. Lulu E. and 
Ethelyn M. attended Gilmanton Academy, and 
were afterward graduated at Laconia High 
School, each receiving the highest mark of 
scholarship in her class by being made vale- 
dictorian. They were members of the 
Y. P. S. C. E., and of the Congregational 
church, and taught school in Gilford, Gilman- 
ton, and Alton. Lulu ¥.. commenced the 
study of photography, but died at twenty-one 
years of age. Elthelyn was graduated at Til- 
ton Seminary, receiving during her course the 
largest number of prizes for scholarship in the 
history of the institution. She entered 
Weilesley College in the class of 1897, gradu- 
ating in June of the present year, and has sus- 
tained throughout the course the highest rank 
as a scholar. Will is a member of the class 
of 1899 in the Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology in Boston. 



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Dr. Price married for his second wife Miss 
Annette Chesley, the daughter of Jonathan 
l-'iirlier and Ai)iyail (Stevens) Chesley. Her 
grandfather, i\Iiies Chesley, one of the early 
settlers in New Durham, married Mary 
Furber, of Farmington, N.H., and, dying, left 
eight children, of whom Jonathan Furber was 
the third. Her maternal grandfather, John 
n. Stevens, spent the most of his life in 
Alton. He was a prominent man, and ac- 
counted the wealthiest farmer in town in his 
time. He married Abigail Emerson, and had 
four children. Abigail, the eldest, attended 
the academies at New Hampton and Wolf- 
boro, and taught school several years before 
her marriage to Mr. Chesley. They lived in 
New Durham, where their only child, An- 
nette, was born, and afterward in Alton, where 
Mr. Chesley was prominent in town affairs, 
serving as Justice of the Peace and Selectman, 
and in other positions of trust, and represent- 
ing Alton in the State legislature in 1861 
and 18G2. 

Annette Chesley, after pursuing her studies 
at Gilmanton Academy and at Dover Acad- 
emy, was for many years a successful and pop- 
ular teacher in the public schools of Belknap 
and Strafford Counties. 

Dr. and Mrs. Price are now living in Alton 
at the home of her mother, to care for Mrs. 
Chesley in the fast-growing infirmities of a 
ripe old age. Dr. Price was never a sectarian 
in church, nor a partisan in politics. He has 
been a Republican, a Greenbacker, and a Pro- 
hibitionist; is an earnest advocate of all social 
and political reforms, including international 
arbitration and the "double standard" by in- 
ternational agreement; and is a firm believer 
in trusts and monopolies ozvticd by tlic govern- 
ment ; in Cuban independence and the annexa- 
tion of Hawaii; and he thinks that the Turks 
ought to be swept from the face of the earth. 



YgrORACF P. BOODEY, a well-known 
\^\ resident of New Durham, and a vet- 
-L>® V eran of the Civil War, was born 

in Alton, N.H., April 14, 1844, son of Soc- 
rates H. and Tanson L. (Hamj Boodey. His 
great-grandfather, Zachariah ]3oodey, came 
from Madbury, N.H., to this town, among the 
early settlers; and Joseph Boodey, grandfather 
of Horace P., was a lifelong resident of New 
Durham. 

Socrates H. Boodey, who spent the greater 
part of his life in New Durham, was one of 
the stirring farmers of his day. In politics he 
was a Democrat. His last days were passed 
with his son, and he died in 1880, aged si.xty- 
four years. His wife, who survives him, is a 
daughter of Nathaniel Ham, late of this town. 
She has had six children, as follows: Rozctte 
E., now the wife of Henry Irvin; Horace P., 
the subject of this sketch; Orissa A., now the 
wife of Albert Labounty ; Mary E., the wife 
of W. H. Hurd; Belle C. and Nat H., of 
Barre, Vt. 

Educated in the common schools, Horace P. 
Boodey was reared to agricultural pursuits. 
On August II, 1862, he enlisted for service 
in the Civil War as a private in Company I, 
Tenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer 
Infantry, and subsequently participated in 
several important battles, including those of 
P'redericksburg, Drury's Bluff, Bermuda Plun- 
dred, and Cold Harbor. At Cold Harbor he 
received a severe wound that confined him to 
the hospital for eleven months. He was ap- 
pointed Corporal of his company, and dis- 
charged as such May 15, 1865. After his re- 
turn from the army he resided mostly in New 
Durham, and was Postmaster of the part of it 
called Dexter. He also resided for three 
years in Northwood, N.H., of which he was 
likewise Postmaster. Mr. Boodey owns a pro- 
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ries on with energy and success. He has been 
Collector of Taxes of the town, and is a 
Justice of the Peace. He spends about six 
months of the year at the Advcntist camp- 
ground at Alton ]?ay, N.H., of which he has 
been the superintendent for the past ten years, 
having also charge of the store and boarding- 
house. 

Mr. Boodey married JVI. Abbie Huckins, a 
native of Alton, N.H., and a daughter of An- 
drew and Maria J. (Chamberlain) Huckins. 
They have one daughter, Ethel M., who is 
now the wife of Eugene F. Simonds, of 
Sharon. 



|D\VIN WEBSTER LANE, the prede- 
cessor of the present Chairman of 
Saiibiirnton's Board of Selectmen, 
was born in Hill, N. H., April 25, 1846, son 
of Isaac Newton and Deborah J. (Thomas) 
Lane. He is a descendant in the eighth gen- 
eration of William Lane, who as early as 
1 65 1 was residing in Boston, where he was 
made a freeman in 1657. The family is of 
English origin. William Lane (second), a 
tailor by trade, who was born October i, 1659, 
died February 14, 1749. On June 21, 1680, 
he married Sarah, daughter oi Thomas Web- 
ster, of Hampton, N. H. She was born Jan- 
uary 22, 1660, and died January 6, 1745. 
Joshua Lane, son of William (second), was 
born in Hampton, June 6, 1696. He fol- 
lowed the trade of a currier nntl shoemaker; 
and on December 24, 1717, he married Bath- 
sheba Kobie, born August 2, 1696, daughter 
of Samuel and Mary Robie. Joshua lived 
upon a small farm in Hampton, and there 
tilled the soil and worked at his trades. He 
and his wife united with the Congregational 
church March 10, 1718; and he was subse- 
quently a Deacon of the society for many 
years. He was killed by lightning, June 14, 



1766; and his wife died A\n\\ 13, 1765. 
John Lane, son of Joshua, born l-'ebruarv 14, 
1726, died March 21, 181 1. On December 
28, 1749, he married Ilannah Dow, who, bdrn 
September 20, 1727, died September 10, 1775. 

Samuel Lane, great-grandfather of the sub- 
ject of tills sketch, was born December 17, 
1750, and was one of the first settlers in San- 
bornton. He was a tanner, and carried on 
quite an extensive business for his day. It 
was his benevolent custom, when a struggling 
farmer lost a cow or any other useful animal, 
to tan the hide gratuitously, besides giving the 
loser a dollar. He served as Town Clerk for a 
number of years, was a Deacon of the Congre- 
gational church, and he died August 5, 181 1. 
It was said of him at his funeral that he was 
])()sitively without an enemy. On February 
9, 1774, he married Judith Clifford, who died 
December 6, 1825. Jeremiah Lane, grand- 
father of Edwin W. , was born in Sanbornton, 
July iS, 17S3. He was a prosjierous farmer 
and a man of much intelligence and sagacity. 
The latter qualities earned for him the title 
of "the Prophet." He was widely and favor- 
ably known throughout this section. On No- 
vember II, 1813, he married for his first wife 
Sarah, daughter of David Morrison; and Isaac 
N. Lane, Edwin Webster Lane's father, was 
a child of that union. His second marriage 
was contracted with Sally Ellsworth. 

Isaac Newton Lane was born in Sanbornton, 
April 6, 1S17. He resided at home until of 
age. Then he went to Hill; and, forming a 
partnership with David Shaw, under the firm 
name of Shaw & Lane, he was engaged in gen- 
eral mercantile business for a number of 
years. He next became a drover and butcher, 
dealing quite largely in cattle and sheej-), and 
supplying many of the neighboring towns witli 
meat. Some time later he became a member 
of the firm of Forbes & Lane, who operated 



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a flouring-niill in Ikistol, N. H., and subse- 
i|iicntly movotl their business to Hillsborough 
Hridgc, N.II. Isaac Newton Lane finally 
sold his interest in the mill, settled at the 
homestead in Sanbornton, and, after spending 
the rest of his life in agricultural pursuits, 
died March 28, 1887. In early life he was 
identified with the I-'irst Baptist Church, and 
in politics he acted with the Republican party. 
His wife, Deborah, who was a daughter of 
Joseph Thomas, of Sanbornton, became the 
mother of four children — Edwin W. , Ellen J., 
Emma A., and Wesley O. Ellen J. is the 
wife of James L. Mason. Emma A. and Wes- 
ley are accomplished musicians and teachers. 
Ivlwin Webster Lane received his educa- 
tion in the common schools and at the New 
Hampshire Conference Seminary. Of a stu- 
dious disposition in his school days, he pre- 
ferred to spend his evenings in study with the 
light of a tallow candle, while his companions 
were merrymaking; but at the present time 
there is probably not a person in this locality 
who enjoys amusement more than he. At the 
age of twenty-one he became a partner in the 
firm of Stackpole & Lane, keepers of a general 
store, and conducted business for six years. 
He then sold his interest, but remained with 
his successors as clerk for about ten years. In 
1S77 he bought his present farm of one hun- 
dred acres, situated in the fertile valley of the 
Pemigewassett River, and of which he culti- 
vates thirty or forty acres. For several years 
it was his cu.stom each fall to go to Boston, 
where he was employed as a clerk in a store 
until after the holidays; but for the past eight 
or ten years his time has been entirely ab- 
sorbed by his farm and his official duties. 
While residing in Hill he served as Town 
Clerk, and he had been Postmaster for a few 
years when he resigned. In 1889 he was 
elected Chairman of the Board of Selectmen 



of Sanbornton, a position which he held until 
1897. His business ability and attention to 
the administration of the town's affairs fre- 
quently prevented unnecessary outlay. 

Mr. Lane wedded Nannie J. Eaton, daughter 
of Horace P. Eaton, of P'ranklin, N. H. He 
has now two sons : Roscoe Eaton, born Sep- 
tember 14, 1S74; and P'orrest Glenn, born 
April 9, 1877. Roscoe, who displayed a ca- 
pacity for the printer's trade when a mere boy 
by using a toy press, subsequently learned that 
trade, and is now engaged in job printing in 
this town. Mr. Lane has gained quite a repu- 
tation as a poet, having written numerous 
pieces for magazines and other periodicals. 
A collection of his writings would make an 
interesting volume of poems. His first effort, 
contributed to the Toledo Blade, was exten- 
sively copied by the newspapers throughout the 
country. His genial disposition, generous 
traits of character, and the quiet natural flow 
of his conversation make a charming impres- 
sion upon the guest whose privilege it is to 
spend an evening in his company. 




TEPHEN YOUNG, M.D., a pro- 
//^ gressive and popular physician and 
surgeon of East Rochester, Strafford 
County, was born October 22, 1854, in the 
town of Strafford, son of George Mason. His 
great-grandfather, on the maternal side, Jona- 
than Young, of Farmington, was one of the 
earliest settlers of this county. He is also a 
descendant of the first doctor and minister 
of Rochester, the venerable parson, Amos 
Main, whose statue stands in the public 
square. Stephen Young, his maternal grand- 
father, whose full name he now bears, took a 
jorominent part in public life, representing 
Strafford in the general court, and serving it 
for several terms as Selectman. The father, 



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George Mason, was born in Rochester. After 
arriving at man's estate he worked at his 
trade of a dyer in different localities, and died 
while a resident of Lebanon, Me., in 1888. 
He was an adherent of the Republican party, 
but never aspired to political office. Me mar- 
ried Miss Mary Ann Young, of Strafford, 
their only child being Stephen, the subject of 
this brief sketch. The mother died in 18S4. 

Dr. Young, formerly Stephen Mason, 
adopted his present surname at the suggestion 
of his maternal grandfather, who thereupon 
undertook the expense of his education. 
After attending the district schools of Straf- 
ford, the Austin and West Lebanon Acad- 
emies, and the Rochester High School, he 
completed his general education at South Ber- 
wick in 1S75. fn the ensuing fall he entered 
Dartmouth College, where he remained two 
years; and then he spent two years in the 
Medical School of Dartmouth. His medical 
studies were completed at Long Island Hos- 
pital College, from which he graduated in 
1 88 1. He then began the practice of his pro- 
fession in East Rochester, where he has since 
built up a large and constantly increasing bus- 
iness. His high reputation for skill, more 
especially in surgery, has been fully earned. 
In the course of his practice he has success- 
fully performed some delicate operations that 
have attracted the attention of the medical 
world. Since August, 1896, the doctor has 
had the assistance of Dr. Thomas W. I^uce, a 
graduate of Bowdoin College, who was house 
doctor in the Maine General Hospital in 1895 
and 1896. 

Dr. Young was married March i, 1881, to 
Fannie F. Stoddard, of Andover, Vt. She 
died at her old home in 18S5, leaving one 
child, Eva M. On May 16, 1888, the doctor 
married Miss Lucy R. Karl, of Rockland, 
Me., who died January 2, 1S97. She had two 



children, namely: lulward W., now seven 
years old; and Karl, born March 2, 1893, who 
died February 20, 1896. Dr. Young attends 
the l^ajUist church at ICast Rochester. His 
professional duties allow him but little time 
to devote to ])ui)lic affairs, but for a year he 
was a member of tiie School Board, and he has 
also served as a member of the 15oard of 
Health. He belongs to Kenedy Lodge, 
I. O. O. !•■., of Rochester; to Rindge Lodge, 
No. 39, K. of P., of luist Rochester, having 
served in all the offices; and to .Senate 
K. A. K. O., of which he is a charter 
member. 



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I'lRBERT C. ADAMS, the well- 
known station agent of IVdmont, 
l^elknap County, N.II., was born in 
Hill, N. H., November I2, 1866, son of Enoch 
and Sylvia Abigail (Ifabcock) Adams. 

The immigrant ancestor of this branch nf 
the Adams family in America was Robert 
Adams, born in England, who settled in New- 
bury, Mass. His first wife, Eleanor, who was 
the mother of all his children, died June 12, 
1677. He had a second wife, Sarah Glover, 
who was a widow Short. Robert' Adams died 
October 12, 1682. His widow died October 
24, 1697. His children were: — 

I. John, wlio married a Woodman. 
II. Joanna, born i(^;}4. who married I.auncclot 
("1 ranker. 
III. Abraham, born l''>39, wlio married .Mary IV-lten- 

gill. 
I\'. Elizabeth, who niarried Edward I'help.s. 
y . Mary, who married Jeremiah doodrich. 
\'I. Isaac, born in 164S. 
\'I1. Jacob, born 23 April 1649, died 16 August 1649. 
\'III. Hannah, born 25 June 1650, married William 
Warliam. 
I.\. Jacob, born 13 .September i('>5i, married Anna 
Allen, and died in 171 7. 

Abraham-' Adams, son of Robert', born at 



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Salem, Mass., in 1639, died Juno 14, 1714. 
He and his wife, Mary Pettengill, had the fol- 
Imvini; chiichen : — 

1. .M;iry. born 16 Jamiary H')72, married (Icorgc 
Tliurlow. 
II. Robert, born 12 May 1674. married Rebecca 
Knight. 

III. Abraham, born in M.ay 1676. married Anne 

Longfellow. 

IV. Isaac, born 26 February 1679, died 8 April 1763. 
\'. Sarah, born 15 .April i6,Si, married John Hutch- 
inson. 

\'l. John, born 7 March 1684, married Elizabeth 

N'oyes and Sarah Pearson. 
\'II. .Matthew, born 25 July 16S6. married Sarah 
Knight. 
\111. Israel, born 2j December 16SS, married Rebecca 
Atkinson. 
I.\. Dorothy, born 25 October 1691. 
.\. Richard, horn 22 November 1693, married 
Susanna I'ike. 

Richard' Adam.s, youngest child of Abra- 
ham', married 12 Deceniber 1717, Susanna 
I'ike. He died 2 November 1778. Their 
children were : — 

I. .Mary C, born 8 October 171S, married Noah 
Adams. 
II. John, born 9 September 1720. died 20 Marcli 

1723. 
III. Hannah, born 16 November 1722, married 

Daniel Chute. 
I\'. Enoch, born 24 September 1724, married Sarah 

Jackman, and died 27 July 1749. 
V. Richard, born 2 November 1726, married Sarah 
Noyes, and died 6 November i 788. 
VI. Susanna, born 5 August 1729, died 19 June 

'745- 
VII. Daniel, born 4 September 1734, married Ednah 

Noyes, and died i December 1 759. 
\'lll. Moses, born 17 January 1737. married Ruth 
Palmer, and died 16 September 181 7. 
IX. Edmund, born 24 October 1 740, married Hannah 
Thunston, and died 18 January 1825. 

Richard' Adams, son of Richard' and Su- 
sanna (Pike) Adams, died 6 November 1788. 



He and his wife, Sarah Noyes, were the 
great-grandparents of the subject of this 
sketch. Their son, Enoch' Adams, born at 
Newbury, Mass., 29 November 1755, married 
Elizabeth Russell, who was born 27 June 
1759. He was a soldier in the company of 
Captain Gerrish in the war of the Revolution. 
After marriage he settled with many other 
families from Newbury, Mass., at Salisbury, 
N.H., where his wife died in August, 1802, 
and he 27 February i S42. Their children 
were : — 

1. Russell, born 20 January 1782, died 21 October 
I 78S. 
II. Richard, born 21 August 1783. died 17 Novem- 
ber 178S. 
III. Eli, born 29 September 1784, married Abigail 

True, and died 17 July 1832. 
1\'. Judith, born 2 January 1787, married Enoch 

Eastman. 
V. Russell, born 12 May 1788, married Susan 
Fifield, died 19 November 1859. 
\'l. Richard, born 29 July 1790, married Sarah 

Dunbar. 

\11. -Eliza, born 3 May 1792. 

\'lll. Phebe, born 2 July 1795. 

IX. Dorcas, born 19 July 1797, married D. S. Wood- 
ward, and died 10 March 1S77. 

Russell'' Adams, son of Enoch' and Eliza- 
beth (Russell) Adams, and the paternal grand- 
father of the subject of this sketch, was born 
12 May 1788, in Newbury, Mass., but re 
moved to Hill, N. H., in early life, and be- 
came an extensive land-owner and produce and 
stock-raiser. He married Susanna Fifield, who 
was a daughter of Obadiah Fifield, of Salis- 
bury, N.H., and one of a family of seven chil- 
dren; namely, Obadiah, Jonathan, Benjamin, 
Sally, Polly, Elizabeth, and Susanna. Mr. 
and Mrs. Russell Adams were attendants of 
the Christian Baptist Church. They had nine 
children, namely: Gilson; Harrison; Daniel; 
James; Enoch; Obadiah; Emeline, who died 



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ill infancy; Emelino, secoiul ; and an unnamed 
infant. Gilson Adams was three times mar- 
ried, and died leaving children by the first and 
second wives. Harrison married Margaret 
Morse, of Haverhill, Mass. ; and they had two 
children — Charles and George. Daniel died 
single in 1870. James married Emily Young, 
and had four children — Ellen, Susan, War- 
ren, and Martha. Obadiah, who died March 
14, 1894, married in Jamaica Plain, Mass., 
and had one child — Charles E. Emeline 
(second) died at the age of fourteen years. 

Enoch' Adams, son of Russell and Susanna 
F. Adams, and the father of Herbert C, 
married Sejitember 25, 1856, a daughter of 
Ebenezer and Sylvia (Jennings) Babcock. By 
this alliance there were six children; namely, 
Willie, Francis Eugene, Ardella, Nellie May, 
Herbert C. , and Margaret Emeline. Willie 
died March 11, 1857; F"rancis K. , September 
2, 1861; and Margaret E., May 28, 1870. 
Nellie May lives with her brother, Herbert 
C. ; and Ardella is the wife of John R. Dear- 
born, of Belmont. 

Herbert C. Adams, after improving his 
boyhood's opjiortunities for acquiring a com- 
mon-school education, went to work in the 
Belmont Cotton Mills, where he was employed 
for ten years. He subsequently went to La- 
conia, and for one year was engaged as a clerk 
in O'Shea Brothers' store. Mr. Adams has 
since been engaged in efficiently discharging 
the duties of station agent for the Boston & 
Maine Railroad at Belmont. In i8gi he also 
became Town Clerk, which position he has 
filled acceptably for si.\ years, being now in 
that office. 

On June 14, 1893, he married Flossie A. 
Moulton. Her father, Edmund S. Moulton, 
was formerly a resident of Whitefield, N.H., 
but removed to Belmont, where he is now serv- 
ing on the School Board. Mr. Adams is a 



member of the United Order of the Golden 
Cross, officiating as Financial Secretary. He 
is connected with the Christian Baptist 
Church, in which he has served for the past 
six years as superintendent of the Sunday- 
school. Personally, he is a deservedly popu- 
lar young man. 

YgTl-:NRY E. ]^RA\VN, who for nearly 
r=Tl forty years has been engaged in the 
J-^ V.^^ hardware Inisiness at Lakeport, Bel- 
knap County, N.H., was born in Moulton- 
boro, Carroll County, this State, November 
20, 1828, son of William and Elizabeth 
(Kame) Brawn. His great-grandfather and 
grandmother Brawn removed from ]5erwick. 
Me., to Moultonboro, when their son John 
was six years of age. John Brawn was an in- 
dustrious farmer. He left a large family of 
enterprising children. 

His son William, the father of Henry E., 
was also a native of Moultonboro, where he 
bought land, which he improved into a farm. 
He was much interested in educational mat- 
ters, and served on the School Comiiiittec. 
His wife was a daughter of Samuel Kanic, of 
Moultonboro. They reared ten children, of 
whom Henry E. is the youngest. Mr. Will- 
iam Brawn died at the age of sixty-nine years. 

Henry E. Brawn attended school in Moul- 
tonboro, Sandwich, Centre Harbor, and Gil- 
ford, N.H. He found early in life that there 
is no royal road to learning; but, ambitious 
and brave, he was willing to climb steep and 
rugged pathways. After a short term of 
school in his own district, he travelled three 
miles to and from school, through snowstorms 
and drifts, to attend school in an adjoining 
district; anil while a student at the academy 
he paid for his board at a farmhouse, about a 
mile away, by working on the farm nights and 
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farm for about three years, teaching school 
winters, subsequently going to Massachusetts, 
where he drove a pedler's wagon for three 
years. After driving a team two years more 
on his own account, he, with a partner, estab- 
lishetl a hardware store in Lynn, Mass., under 
the style of Hrawn & Morrill, which they suc- 
cessfully managed for three years. In 1858 
he came to Lakeport, where he continued the 
same enterprise with excellent financial re- 
sults. In 18S4 Mr. Brawn built a fine block, 
which is his present jilace of business. For 
a time he engaged in furnishing pedlers' sup- 
plies. He now manufactures general hard- 
ware. In the spring of 1894, in anticipation 
of his retirement from the arena of business 
activity, he purchased a farm. By his first 
wife, whose maiden name was Morrill, and 
who was a native of Gilford, Mr. Brawn had 
three children — a daughter, who is not liv- 
ing, and two sons, William H. and Edwin M., 
who will succeetl their father in business. 
For his second wife Mr. Brawn married Miss 
Myde, of Lynn, Mass. Fraternally, he is 
identified with Granite State Lodge, No. r, 
I. O. G. T., of Lakeport, which he joined a 
number of years ago ; and with Chocorua 
Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. F". In religion he 
affiliates with the Unitarians, and in politics 
with the Prohibition party. 




'^RELMAN G. SMITH, a prosperous 
farmer of Gilford, Belknaii County, 
N.H., was born in Sandwich, Carroll 
County, June 3, 1858, and is a son of George 
VV. and Mary (Clifford) Smith. His great- 
grandfather, Daniel Smith, came to New 
Hampshire from Massachusetts, and located in 
the west part of the town of Sandwich, where 
he took up two hundred and forty acres of 
wholly wild land, and with untiring patience 



cleared it, and made of it a profitable farm. 
He married, anil had a family of eleven chil- 
dren, some of whom died young. He lived to 
a good old age. 

One of his sons, Samuel by name, remained 
on the homestead, and kept up the original 
farm, adding to it somewhat. He married 
Mercy Burleigh; and they both lived to be 
quite aged, he being eighty-two and she 
ninety at the time of decease. Their children 
were four in number — Hannah B., George 
W., Benjamin J., and Daniel B. Benjamin is 
a blacksmith and wheelwright in Sandwich. 
He is married and has one child. Daniel B. 
is a prominent farmer of Centre Harbor, is 
married, and has two children. He has been 
Selectman of his town, and has held various 
other minor ofifices. 

George W. Smith, after living for a while 
on the old Sandwich homestead, removed to 
Laconia, of which Gilford was originally a 
part, and now has a small farm of his own. 
He has been a prominent man of affairs, and 
was for years a leading member of the Meth- 
odist church, being Trustee of the same. He 
married Mary A., daughter of William Clif- 
ford, of Weirs, N.H., and she became the 
mother of four children: Frederick N., who 
died at the age of fourteen; Freeman G. , the 
subject of the present article; Samuel B. ; and 
Carrie G. Mr. and Mrs. George W. Smith 
are both living. Their son Samuel B. is an 
active, enterprising farmer of North Sandwich. 
He is inarried, and has two children. 

Freeman G. Smith was born on the home- 
stead in Sandwich, and after an ordinary 
schooling went to Brentwood, and worked on 
a farm. When he was twenty-three years of 
age he came to Gilford, and, buying the place 
known as the Cotton farm, lived there for 
thirteen years. In 1894 he purchased the 
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he is at present. He carries on a first-class 
farm, and tDr the past five years he has also 
taken summer boarders. 

Mr. Smith has always been actively inter- 
ested in town matters, and is an enthusiastic 
and prominent Republican. He was a dele- 
gate to the last three Republican State Con- 
ventions, and was a member of the Manchester 
Convention, which sent delegates in 1S96 to 
the National Republican Convention at St. 
Louis. He is identified with several fraternal 
organizations. He joined the Red Mountain 
Lodge of Masons in Sandwich, and was trans- 
ferred to Mount Lebanon Lodge of Laconia. 
He is a member of Granite Lodge, No. 3, 
Ancient Order of United Workmen; also of 
Winnesquam Colony, No. 14, U. O. P. F., 
of Laconia; and of Mount Belknap Grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry, of Gilford. Both he 
and his wife belong to the People's Christian 
Church Society, and the latter is a member 
of the People's Christian Church. It should 
be noted as greatly to Mr. Smith's credit 
that he is a strong advocate of temperance 
and an ardent worker for no license. 

Mr. Smith was married December 21, 1881, 
to Emma L. Lewis, daughter of Charles 
Henry Lewis, of Townsend, Mass., and grand- 
daughter of John Lewis, of that town. Charles 
H. Lewis married Mary Gleason. They 
had six children — Martha, Fausie, Harriet, 
Emma, Jennie, and Maud. Mr. and Mrs. 
Smith have no children. 



OHN P. HUSSEY, a lumber manufact- 
urer of Gilmanton, who is also an in- 
ventor and a veteran of the Civil War, 
was born in this town, March 13, 1831, son of 
Reuben and Alice (Perkins) Hussey. His 
grandfather, Thomas Hussey, who was one of 
the early settlers in Barrington, N.H., and a 



prosperous farmer, owned a tract of lantl con- 
taining u|)wartl of two huntlred acres. Tliomas 
was the father of si,\ children, one of whom 
died in infancy. The others were: Thomas 
(second), Joseph, Reuben, Martha, and 
another who became Mrs. Lake. Thomas 
(second) attended the Gilmanton Academy, 
and became a schoolmaster. He taught school 
in the winter season for several years, anil, 
having settletl upon a farm in Barrington, he 
tilled the soil in the sutnmer. l^'inally, 
he abandoned teaching, and devoted his 
whole attention to agriculture. At the age of 
eighty years he was capable of doing an ordi- 
nary man's work, and when ninety years old 
he reaped a bushel of rye in a day. His last 
days were spent in this town. He was tiie 
father of two sons and two daughters, and his 
second son, also named Thomas, is a |)rofes- 
sional educator. Martha, the fourth child of 
the first Thomas, became Mrs. Waterhouse. 
Her husband was prominent in the old Whig 
party, by which he was elected a member of 
the legislature; and he also serveil in various 
town offices in Barrington. Joseph Hussey, 
who was a lifelong and respected resident of 
Barrington, and belonged to the Congrega- 
tional church, left one child. 

Reuben Hussey, the father of John P., set- 
tled in Gilmanton. He married Alice Per- 
kins, daughter of Paul Perkins, an extensive 
farmer of Strafford, N.ll. Paul Perkins was 
one of the leading residents of Strafford, 
which he served as Selectman and legislative 
Representative. Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Hus- 
sey were the parents of four ciiililren; namely, 
Sarah, Lydia, Richard, and John P. Sarah 
is now the widow of Walter B. Drake; Lydia, 
who has not married, resiiles in North wood, 
N. H.; and Richard was accidentally shot 
while young. 

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education. When a young man he began to 
learn the painter's tratle. As the occupation 
proved to be injurious to his health, he took 
up shoemaliing and farming. A natural apti- 
tude for mechanical pursuits, as remarkably 
manifested at the age of nine years, when he 
made a pair of ox wheels, soon diverted his 
attention to another occupation. In 1855 he 
began to manufacture ploughs upon a small 
scale, with tools belonging to his father. At 
first he was associated with a partner, who was 
accidentally drowned in 1856. A year later 
he was obliged to hire two assistants. Invent- 
ing and manufacturing ploughs have since 
been his occupation. In 1862 he enlisted as 
a private in the Fifteenth Regiment, New 
Hampshire Volunteers, for nine months' ser- 
vice in the Civil War. Having completed his 
term, he returned home, and next day began 
work upon the series of ten different patterns 
of ploughs of which he is the inventor. In 
1878 these inventions culminated in what is 
known as the Star Swivel Plough, which for 
several years has been in general use, and 
held the lead throughout the New England 
States. This plough, which has a reversible 
blade that saves much labor in handling, has 
taken sixty-three field premiums at different 
agricultural fairs. In the notable contest, 
held at the last New Hampshire State Fair 
in Dover, Mr. Hussey won the first prize by 
ploughing one -eighth of an acre of ground 
without placing his hand on the implement. 
He manufactures about three hundred Star 
Swivel ploughs per annum, and in the past 
eleven years his sales to one dealer in Port- 
land, Me., have amounted to eighteen thou- 
sand dollars. Mr. Hussey is also the in- 
ventor of the King of Valley Water Wheel. 
This wheel, which presents the appearance of 
one solid piece, makes two hundred revolu- 
tions per minute, and maintains a uniform 



pressure at every point. He is also likewise 
interested in mill business, and is associated 
with Klmcr J. Lord in the manufacture of 
lumber. 

Mr. Hussey married Olive A. F"oss, 
daughter of John Foss, who is a prosperous 
farmer of Gilmanton, and a ship-carpenter by 
trade. Her maternal grandfather, Isaac 
Clough, was one of the pioneer settlers of 
Gilmanton. John Foss was the father of five 
children, of whom Alvah and Mrs. Hussey are 
the only survivors. Mr. and Mrs. Hussey 
were born in the same year, were classmates 
in the same school, and attended the same 
church and Sunday-school. An attachment 
formed in childhood ripened into a stronger 
tie, and the result was a happy marriage. 
They have since known affliction, as the two 
children born to them have been taken away. 
Alice Mabel died at the age of two years, and 
their son Herbert at the age of twenty-six.. 



KRY S. DAVIS, of Farmington, a 
hoe cutter by trade, was born May 
22, 1849, in the neighboring town 
of Durham, son of Thomas N. and Elizabeth 
C. (Seaward) Davis. He is of English de- 
scent, and a grandson of Noah Davis, who was 
a soldier of the War of 1812, and a lifelong 
resident of Lee, N. H. 

Thomas N. Davis, born in 1S13, in the 
town of Lee, passed the larger portion of his 
life in Strafford County, having been engaged 
in farming in Lee, Durham, and New Durham. 
In his later years he resided at New Durham, 
where he died in i8go, at the age of seventy- 
seven. On August 20, 1862, he enlisted in 
Company A, Twelfth Regiment of New 
Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, for three years' 
service in the Civil War; receiving his dis- 
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battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. 
In the latter engagement he received a gunshot 
wound in the head, fracturing his skull, and 
another of a less serious character in the 
shoulder. He married Elizabeth C. Seaward, 
who bore him five children, four of whom are 
living. These are: Melissa, the wiilow of 
George H. Hovey, of Woburn, Mass. ; George 
F., of Ellensburg, Wash.; Henry S. ; and 
Alonzo I., of Farmington. George F. served 
as Corporal in the war in the same company 
as his father, and participated in nearly all 
the battles in which the regiment was 
engaged, taking active part as sharpshooter 
during the siege of Petersburg, Va. He was 
mustered out with the regiment in June, 1S65. 

Henry S. Davis received his education in 
the public schools of New Durham and Farm- 
ington, which he attended until the age of 
seventeen. He then learned the shoe cutter's 
trade, and worked at it for several years, locat- 
ing in P'armington in 1873. A man of sterl- 
ing character, energetic and determined, he 
has met with signal success. He is a stanch 
Republican in politics, and for four years he 
has been Town Clerk. 

On July 2, 1877, Mr. Davis married Miss 
Nellie M. Lucas, daughter of Daniel and 
Sarah Lucas, of New Durham. He is a mem- 
ber of Woodbine Lodge, No. 41, I. O. O. F., 
of which he has been Secretary for the past 
twelve years; of Mad River Encampment, 
I. O. O. F.; of Minnehaha Rebecca Lodge, 
No. 11; and of Harmony Lodge, No. 11, K. 
of 1'. In each of these lodges Mr. Davis is an 
active worker and a past officer, much of their 
prosperity being due to his efforts while serv- 
ing them in an official capacity. He is also a 
member of the Grand Lodge, K. of P. ; of 
the Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge, 
I. O. O. F., of New Hampshire; and for the 
past seven years he has served on the Grand 



Lodge, I. O. O. F., Connnittee on Hy-laws of 
Subordinates. 




ENRV H. TANNP:R, a wide-awake 
business man of P'armington, antl one 

-^ V, ^ of its most enterprising ami thrifty 

farmers, was born July 8, 1840, in Sandwich, 
Carroll County, son of Joshua W. Tanner. 
He is a lineal descendant of John Tanner, 
who, having come from England some time 
prior to the Re\(duti()n, served in that ghiri- 
ous struggle as master's mate on three differ- 
ent war vessels, and was at one time captured 
by the British and imprisoned at Ilalila.x, 
N. S. After the independence of the colonies 
had been established, John located in Roches- 
ter, this county, where his son, John, Jr., the 
grandfather of Henry IL, was born and reared. 
Joshua W. Tanner, who was born here July 
10, 1809, grew to manhood in this town. 
After his marriage in June, 183S, he removed 
to Sandwich, where he carried on general 
farming, lumbering, and dairying for many 
years, and died in December, 1875. His 
wife, in maidenhood Miss Sally Ham, was born 
in Farmington, February 17, 1814, daughter 
of Thomas Ham. They had a family of si.x 
children, of whom Sarah V.., who resides in 
Farmington, is the only other survivor. 

Henry H. Tanner received his early educa- 
tion in Sandwich, completing the course of 
study in the common and high schools. On 
leaving the latter in August, 1862, he enlisted 
under Captain O. II. Marston in Company K, 
I-'ourteenth New Hampshire \'oIunteer Infan- 
try, and served in the Civil War for three 
years. On returning home, having been dis- 
abled in the army, he resumed his studies, 
entering Eastman's Commercial College at 
Poughkeepsie, N. V'., from which he was grad- 
uated in 1867. He spent the ensuing year on 
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aj^cmciit. In 1869 he wont to Blooiiiington, 
111., where he accepted a i)osition as general 
travelling agent for Dr. C. Wakefield & Co., 
his territory including the entire State of 
Iowa. In 1873 he again returned to Sand- 
wich, but did not make a long stay, as in 1875 
he travelled through the West as salesman for 
Woodburn, Seebery & Co., of Peoria, 111. 
He subsequently was clerk for six months in 
the St. Nicholas Hotel at Bloomington, III. 
-After that he went to Chicago, where he se- 
cured a situation with the firm of Job C. West 
& Co., for whom he travelled as commercial 
salesman and advertising agent for ten years, 
visiting the principal cities and towns of the 
West and South. In 1885 he came to Straf- 
ford County, locating in Rochester at first, 
but afterward going to Milton, where he lived 
for a year with Elder Goodwin. He pur- 
chased the farm where he now resides in 1889, 
and he has since successfully devoted his time 
to its improvement. 

On May 24, 1876, Mr. Tanner married Miss 
Minnie R. McDonald, of Keyser City, W. Va., 
who died in Chicago, January 5, 18S5, leaving 
two sons: Ralph C, of Farmington; and Lin- 
coln G., of Milton. In politics Mr. Tanner 
is an earnest supporter of the Democratic 
party. In the fall of 1896 he was a delegate 
to the State Convention at Concord. He aids 
all projects calculated to advance the moral 
and educational interests of the town. He 
ably served the town for three years as Chair- 
man of the School Board. Prominent among 
the Patrons of Husbandry, he belongs to the 
New Hampshire Grange, in which he was for 
some time Outside Gate-keeper. He was 
made a Free Mason in Temple Lodge, of Peo- 
ria, III. ; and he is a member of General Smith 
Post, G. A. R., of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He at- 
tends the Baptist church, and takes great inter- 
est in the religious work of that denomination. 




RS. ELIZABETH SCOBEY 
IIUSI-], a well-known and highly 
esteemed resident of Barnstead, 
Belknap County, N.H., was born in Frances- 
town, N.H., September 23, 1816, daughter of 
William and Jane (Dickey) Scobey, and be- 
longs to a family that is of considerable note 
in New Hampshire. Her great-grandfather 
Scobey came to America as one of a company 
of Scotch-Irish emigrants, presumably from 
the North of Ireland, and settled in London- 
derry, N. H. He brought over with him a 
considerable sum of money. Subsequently 
removing to Boston, Mass., he there engaged 
in trade and also made other investments. 

His son, David Scobey, grandfather of Mrs. 
Huse, was born in Boston, from which city 
he afterward removed to Francestown, N. H., 
becoming one of the first settlers. He pur- 
chased a large tract of land, built saw and 
grist mills, and carried on a large business. 
Active, enterprising, and of sound judgment 
in business transactions, he soon established 
himself on a firm financial basis and attained 
a high degree of success, becoming one of the 
leading men in that part of the State. He 
was a liberal contributor to various public and 
private charities. In religion he was a Pres- 
byterian. He married a Miss McGregor, of 
Derry, N.H., like himself of Scotch-Irish de- 
scent, and they reared a large family of chil- 
dren, William, the father of Mrs. Huse, being 
the youngest son. 

William Scobey was born on his father's 
extensive estate in P^ancestown, N. H. He 
received a good education, and was favored by 
nature in the possession of a fine physique and 
most attractive personality, to which were 
added a large and generous heart ant! genial 
manners. He was one of the most popular 
young men of his locality and was universally 
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rank of Major for a luinibcr of ^ears. He was 
Olio of the largest laiulhoklcrs in the State of 
New I himi)sliire, his fatiier, while still living, 
having put him into possession of the immense 
homestead farm, only reserving the mainte- 
nance of himself and wife during life. A 
turn in the tide of his financial prosperity at 
length compelled William Scobey to sell his 
extensive farm, and he removed to Milford, 
N. H., where he died when iijnvard of sixty 
years of age. He married Jane Dickey, the 
daughter of a soldier of the Revolutionary 
War, and they had a family of four children; 
namely, Daviil, Mary, Elizabeth, and Addison. 

Uavid Scobey was a graduate of Dartmouth 
College and of Andover Theological Seminary. 
He had intended to become a preacher of the 
gospel, but, being prevented by an affection 
of the throat, he accepted the position of 
teacher of languages in the Lowell, Mass., 
High School, which he filled acceptably until 
his decease, which took place in Lowell in 
1850, when he was thirty-three years of age. 
He was a profound student of history and a 
ripe scholar in all departments of knowledge, 
and his death was the result of brain fever, 
brought on by mental over-work. 

Mary Scobey, who also was a teacher in the 
Lowell schools, died in that city about three 
years before her brother, in the year 1847. 
Addison Scobey, who was a carpenter and 
builder by trade, ujion the breaking out of the 
Civil War in 1S61 enlisted in a New Hamp- 
shire Regiment. His death, which took 
place after the war, was the result of hardships 
eniiured in military service. He resided in 
the vicinity of Sutton, N. H. 

Mrs. Jane Dickey Scobey, mother of Mrs. 
Elizabeth S. Huse, finding at her husband's 
decease that she and her family were entirely 
dependent upon their own efforts for support, 
offered herself, in company with her son 



David and daughter Mary, for the examina- 
tions held in Milford, N.H., to test the quali- 
fications of ajiplicants to teach in the public 
schools of that town. Mother and children 
passed successfully, and at one period all 
three were engaged in teaching in the Milford 
schools. Mrs. Scobey became a noted teacher 
in that part of the country. She was a woman 
of brilliant intellectual endowments, vivacious 
and lively, always interested in current topics, 
and possessed remarkable energy and force of 
character. She lived to be eighty-six years of 
age, and preserved her mental superiority and 
her peculiarly erect carriage of body as long as 
she lived. In her the spiritual seemed to 
dominate the material even to the end. After 
her husband's decease, and consequent upon 
the offer made her son David of the position 
in the Lowell (Mass.) High School, Mrs. 
Scobey removed with her family to that city. 

Her daughter PZlizabeth became one of the 
pupils of the Lowell High School soon after 
its establishment, and while Thomas I\I. 
Clark, afterward Bishop of the Diocese of 
Rhode Island in the Protestant I'',pisc()pal 
Church, was its principal. She was a chuss- 
mate of the afterward famous General Benja- 
min F. Butler. After her graduation she 
remained for some time at h(jme. When about 
twenty-one years old, she was married to 
Thomas M. Huse, a native of Strafford, Vt., 
but at that time a resident of Lowell, Mass. 
They had five children — Henry, Jennie, 
David, Mary A., and George. 

Thomas M. Huse, who was by trade a ma- 
chinist, in course of time became the second 
overseer in the Lowell Machine Shop. He 
subseiiuently removed to Manchester, N.H., 
and for some eighteen years was the superin- 
tendent of the carding section of an inrnrpo- 
rated stock mill in that city. He then re- 
moved with his family to Barnstead, N.H. 



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Together with his son, who was Captain, in 
iS6i he enlisted in the Eighth New Hamp- 
shire Volunteer Infantry ; but, owing to sick- 
ness, he was obliged tu return home, and was 
engaged in recruiting men for the Fifteenth 
New Hampshire Regiment, being made First 
Lieutenant of Company G. So popular was 
he among the men, that they were most urgent 
that he should return to the seat of war with 
them. He accordingly acceded to their 
wishes. 

During the war. Lieutenant Thomas M. 
Huse was at one time in charge of the Sani- 
tary Commission at City Point, Va. He 
came home in 1864 with his health so seri- 
ously impaired that he found himself unable 
to resume his former occupation ; but shortly 
afterward, receiving the aijpointment of Post- 
master of Barnstead, he held that office for 
twenty years, until his death in i88i at the 
age of si.vty-seven years, being noted as a 
faithful and courteous official. The Grand 
Army Post of Barnstead bears his name. Po- 
litically, he was a stanch Republican. The 
possessor of a fine voice and excellent ear for 
music, he was the leader of the choir of the 
Congregational church for many years. He 
took a deep interest in all matters relative to 
the public welfare, and endeavored faithfully 
to perform his duty as a citizen and neighbor. 
In the latter part of his life it was his fre- 
quent practice to visit and care for the sick 
and suffering members of the community; and 
he devoted entire days to these beneficent 
purposes, for which his name will long be 
held in affectionate remembrance. He and 
his wife e.xercised great care in the education 
of their children, a short account of whom fol- 
lows. 

Henry Huse, the eldest son, after being 
graduated from the Lowell High School, en- 
gaged in the study of law in Pittsfield, N. H. 



When the war broke out, he recruited a num- 
ber of men, and enlisted December 20, 1861, 
being ajjpointed Captain of Company G, Eighth 

Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer In- 
fantry. He was the youngest captain among 
the New Hampshire troops in the service. 
After two years in the most malarial district 
of Louisiana, he was obliged to resign his 
commission, and received an honorable dis- 
charge from the service. The ]3receding July, 
he had been promoted to the rank of a Major 
for his "gallant and meritorious conduct" 
during the protracted siege of Port Hudson. 
Upon his return home, he resumed his legal 
studies, was admitted to the bar, and began 
the practice of law in company with the Hon. 
Lewis W. Clark. Subsequently, retiring 
from this connection, he associated himself 
with the Hon. J. F. Briggs in the e.xercise of 
his chosen profession. 

Inheriting from his father a high degree of 
musical taste and a fine rich voice, he was 
leader at different times of the choirs of the va- 
rious churches of Manchester, N.H. In 1S82 
Henry Huse received the degree of Master of 
Arts from Dartmouth College. He was ap- 
pointed Insurance Commissioner for the State 
of New Hampshire, and held it up to the time 
of his death, which occurred in his fifty-second 
year. He was chosen Chairman of the State 
Republican Committee for several years. He 
represented the city of Manchester in the 
legislature for several terms, and in 1879 was 
elected Speaker of the House of Representa- 
tives, and was regarded as one of the clearest 
and most forcible speakers that ever addressed 
that body. His wife, whose name before mar- 
riage was Irene Poole, became the mother of 
four children. 

Jennie Huse, the elder daughter of Thomas 
M. and Elizabeth S. Huse, was educated in 
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Manchester, N. II. When only fifteen years 
of age, she began teaching in liarnstead, N. H. 
She is at the present time residing at home 
with her mother. 

David Husc, the second son, on the break- 
ing out of the Civil War, enlisted at the early 
age of seventeen years. His short life was 
given to his beloved country. He served with 
the Union forces at the battle of l^all's Bluff 
and in the whole campaign along the Potomac 
River. At length he was taken sick with ty- 
phoid fever, from long residence in that ma- 
larial district; and while in the hospital, upon 
one occasion, when President Lincoln was 
making one of his visits to the sick soldiers, 
he was introduced as the "sickest soldier that 
was ever carried into a hospital and lived." 
At the advice of the President, he accej^ted his 
discharge and returned home. His health im- 
proving, he re-enlisted, against his mother's 
desire, in the regiment of his father, the I"if- 
teenth New Hampshire Volunteers. He was 
ordered to New Orleans, and remained there 
nine months. He was present all through the 
long siege of Port Hudson, and at the storm- 
ing was one of the first to scale the walls. 
He died in the hospital at Mound City, 111. 

Mary, the younger daughter, began teach- 
ing school at the early age of fourteen, and 
pursued that occupation for many years, and in 
various parts of the United States — New 
York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and in other lo- 
calities. After she had taught for a few 
years, feeling the need of a more thorough 
education, she resumed her studies, and was 
subsequently graduated at the New Hampton, 
N.H., Institute. She then went to the State 
of Wisconsin and resumed teaching. After 
having been thus occupied for twenty years, 
she married Polder Harmon, the pastor settled 
over the P^ee Baptist church of Meredith, 
N. H., continuing to teach all through the 



period of his ministry. U]ion her husband's 
death, having no children, she decided to de- 
vote her life to foreign missionary work. She 
was first sent out to the British Past Indies, 
where she soon acquired such a thorough 
knowledge of the Hindoostance tongue that 
she was enabled to translate the I'"our Gospels 
into that language. She was afterward trans- 
ferred to the mission station at the Barhadocs, 
and from thence to Georgetown in British 
Guiana, where she is at present, busily pur 
suing the study of the native tongue ami al- 
ready imparting it to others. Her entire term 
of service in the cause of education extends 
over a period of thirty-two years. 

George Huse, the third son and youngest of 
the five children, was appointed Postmaster of 
Barnstead immediately after his fatlier's de- 
cease, but subsequently engaged in trade in the 
same town. Later on he went into the hotel 
business in Ossipee, N. H., where he at pres- 
ent owns and runs a very large hotel, the only 
one in the place. 



tNEZ H. FORD, M.D., who occupies 
an assured position among tine skilled 
and successful physicians of Strafford 
County, is pleasantly located in Dover, where 
she has a large and rapidly increasing practice. 
A typical New I^ngland woman, fully en- 
dowed with the mental ability and force of 
character that mark the true son or daughter 
of this corner of the United States, she early 
resolved to devote her future to the science of 
medicine, a profession into which at that time, 
though but a few years ago, comparatively few 
of her sex had ventured. She was born July 
24, 1864, in the town of Orford, N. H., a 
daughter of Edward and Harriet Gould I''oid. 
She was there reared to young womanhood, 
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laid a substantial foundation for her future 
knowledge. She suhsec|uently prepared for 
college in the academy at l^radford, Vt. , and 
in Mount Holyokc College at South Hadley, 
Mass. After spending three years in close 
ajiplication to her liooks in the latter institu- 
tion, Miss I'^ord entered the Woman's Medi- 
cal College at Philadeli>hia, Pa., from which 
she was graduated in 1X90. The ensuing 
year Dr. Ford served as Interne in the Phila- 
delphia Hospital for Women, and was after- 
ward employed for a few months as a substitute 
in the hospital for the in.sane at Ilarrisburg, 
her practice in these institutions being of 
great value to her in many respects. In Janu- 
ary, 1S92, the doctor returned to her native 
State, and coming to this county located in 
Dover, where she has built up an extensive 
practice among the leading people of this city, 
her professional skill, knowledge, and courtesy 
winning for her the confidence and good will 
of all with whom she is brought in contact, 
be it in a business or social way. In attain- 
ing her jiresent position in the medical frater- 
nity, Dr. I'ord has labored faithfully and con- 
scientiously, and is eminently worthy of the 
success which has greeted her efforts. 




(IIARLES J. PIKE, the efficient 
foreman of the Crane Manufacturing 
Company in Lakeport, Belknap 
County, N. H., was born in Franklin, this 
State, January 18, 1842, son of Samuel and 
Hannah (Wells) Pike. 

His grandfather, James Pike, was born De- 
cember 13, 1752, and became one of the early 
settlers in Franklin, N. H., where he owned a 
farm of two hundred acres, which he success- 
fully managed. During the Revolutionary 
War, he voluntarily laid down his hoe for a 
musket in behalf of his country. He married 



Alice George, anti had twelve children; 
namely, Plannah, Rebecca, Alice, Simeon, 
James, Sally, Stephen, Hugh, Samuel, Lydia, 
Polly, and Riifus. Mrs. Alice G. Pike was 
born January 18, 1756, and died October 8, 
1837. She was survived but a few weeks by 
her husband, James Pike, who died November 
30, 1837. 

Their son, Samuel Pike, the father of 
Charles J., was born on the old homestead in 
PVanklin, November 30, 1795. He acquired 
a good education and brought his scientific 
knowledge to bear on the old home farm, on 
which he remained until his death on Febru- 
ary 24, 1867. He was a Major in the State 
militia. 

Samuel Pike was three times married. His 
first matrimonial alliance was formed with 
Betsy Brown, who was born February 20, 
1787, and was the mother of five children — 
Lydia, Almira, Mary S., Samuel G., and 
Washington ¥. She died October 2, 1836. 
His second wife, whose maiden name was 
Hannah Wells, died February 22, 1843, hav- 
ing been the mother of five children — Han- 
nah, Augusta H. E., John H., Charles J., and 
Polly. By his third marriage, with Polly 
Clark, there were three children — Betsy A., 
David W., and Clara B. 

Charles J. Pike, the fourth son as named 
above, acquired a common-school education in 
his native town, and remained on the home 
acres until he was twenty years of age. On 
August 13, 1862, he enlisted in Company 
E, Tenth Regiment New Hampshire Volun- 
teers; and after serving until August, 1863, 
he was detailed as a fifer in the drum corps, 
which position he held until March, 1864. 
He was in five or six important engagements, 
as follows: Orleans, November 5, 1862; 
Waterloo, November 10, 1862; White Sulphur 
Springs, November 15, 1862; Fredericksburg, 





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December 13, 1S62; siege of Suffolk, hegiii- 
niiig April 10, 1863; Hills I'oint, April 18, 
1863, all in \'irginia. For fifteen months 
previous to liis discharge, June 12, 1865, he 
was in the Hampton Hospital at Fortress Mon- 
roe, Va. On entering the hosjiital he was a 
patient for about three months, afterward 
being detailed as nurse, as assistant ward mas- 
ter, ward master, and as acting hospital 
steward. 

Returning to Franklin in July, 1865, Mr. 
Pike entered the machine shop of Walter 
Aiken, and there learned the machinist's 
trade. In the fall of 1866 he came to Lake- 
port, where he was employed in 15. J. Cole's 
machine shop imtil June, 1S67. For a short 
time thereafter he was in the Pacific Mills in 
Lawrence, Mass. ; but he subsequently returned 
to Mr. Cole's shop, being engaged there until 
1S72. He then formed^ a copartnership with 
Eben F. Woodman, under the style of Wood- 
man & Pike in Lakeport, where they engaged 
in tlie manufacture of light machinery. In 
1872 Mr. W. L. Chase was admitted to part- 
nership, the firm name becoming W. L. Chase 
& Co. They occupied a flourishing plant in 
New York at 93, 95, and 97 Liberty Street, and 
also leased a factory in Newark, N.J. Four- 
teen months later Mr. Pike sold out to his 
partners, taking the contracts to build ma- 
chines, continuing the enterprise until 1881. 
F"or nearly a year afterward he officiated as 
foreman in the salesroom of W. L. Chase & 
Co., his recent partners, in New York. Dur- 
ing that time he conducted a private swimming 
bath, which he sold in March, 1882. In 
April he returned to Lakeport; and on June 
6, 1S82, he entered the machine shop of J. S. 
Crane & Co., where he began experimenting 
on Charles Young's Knitting Machine, which 
he continued for about si.x months. Afterward 
he assembled and tested knitting machines 



until Jaiuiar)', 1 89(:i, when he was appointed 
foreman, which position he still retains. 

On December 30, 1865, Mr. Pike was 
united in marriage with Mary, a daughter fif 
Horace Carlisle, of Hartford, Vt. The mar- 
riage was solemnized at White River V'illage 
by the Rev. Mr. Ray. Mr. Carlisle was a 
farmer, and for several years a hotel projirie- 
tor in Ouechee, Vt. He married Lucinda 
Morse, and had four children, of whom Mrs. 
Pike is the eldest. Mr. and Mrs. Pike have 
one daughter, Emma Fva Pike, who was grad- 
uated from Tilton Seminary in the class of 
1887. Miss Pike has decided musical ability, 
and plays the organ in church, besides teaching 
music. She often plays as an accompanist 
here and in surrounding towns. Miss Pike 
has studied vocalization with Professor Dick- 
inson, of St. Johnsbury, Vt. 

In politics Mr. Pike is a loyal Republican, 
but he refuses to hold any civic offices. Fra- 
ternally, he is a charter member of Chocorua 
Lodge, No. 51, I. 0. O. F. , of which he was 
the finst presiding officer. He has passed all 
the chairs, and is a member of the Grand 
Lodge of New Hampshire. He is a Past 
Chief Patriarch of Laconia Encampment No. 
9. Religiously, he affiliates with the Free 
Baptists, having joined that church in June, 
1867. While in Newark, N.J., he served as 
assistant I^ible class teacher, also as teacher 
in the Sunday-school for four years. 



EDGAR McDUFFEE. The subject 
of this sketch was born in Rochester, 
N. H., September 8, 1863, he being a 
son of P'ranklin and Mary Frances (Hayes) 
McDuffee, and descended from old and influ- 
ential families. He attended the local public 
schools, and was for a few months a special 
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Schodl in l?<)stiin. At the ngc of sixteen, he 
entered the Chnn(]ler Scientific Department at 
Dartmouth College, where he rcniained for 
two years. 

From childhood he showed unmistakable 
evidence of a natural love and gift for music, 
and at the age of eight he began the study of 
the pianoforte. Mis first teacher was his 
cousin, Mary V. Whitehouse. Lessons by 
other local teachers followed, and for a consid- 
erable time he was under the instruction of 
James W. Hill, of Haverhill, Mass. He also 
pursued the study of harmony with the late 
.Stephen A. I'2mery, of Boston. Without 
underestimating the work of teachers, much of 
his knowledge and development is the result of 
personal investigation and the comparison of 
methods of the great musical artists. He has 
improved every opportunity of listening to the 
best of music of every form and department, 
his experiences in this country being supple 
mented by a six months' tour abroad, during 
which he heard many of the great organs and 
organists, singers and players, of Europe. 

For fourteen years Mr. McDuffee has taught 
jManoforte playing, and pupils come from 
many adjacent towns to his studio in Roches- 
ter. For six years he has been organist at the 
First Congregational Church of Rochester, 
and is director of its choir. He also receives 
pupils in organ and harmony. 

Mr. McDuffee's chief ambition, however, is 
in the line of com])osition. A rhapsodic for 
the pianoforte, a brilliant concert piece, has 
met a large sale. Its publishers, the White- 
Smith Company, of Boston, have also issued 
several songs written by Mr. McDuffee, and 
the Miles & Thompson firm, of the same city, 
have published others. These productions 
have met with marked favor, and have been 
complimentarily reviewed by various critics. 
They are characterized by classic feeling. 



thorough originality, and a happy fitness of 
music to words. Many songs, part-songs, 
piano and organ pieces that still remain in 
manuscript are highly spoken of by those who 
have heard them publicly performed.. Some 
of these only wait the composer's final touches 
in editing, to be brought out in print. 

Mr. McDuffee chose music as a profession 
from a pure love of the art, and has pursued it 
on that line, aiding in nearly every important 
musical event in his vicinity. His influence 
in musical matters has always been exerted to 
the utmost for the upbuilding of a true taste 
for that which is highest and best. Through- 
out the State his name is familiar to musi- 
cians. He was one of the founders and is an 
honorary member of the New Hampshire 
Music Teachers' Association, in which he has 
held, at different times, the offices of vice- 
president, secretary, and acting treasurer, and 
on the programme committee has given the so- 
ciety the benefit of his extended knowledge of 
musical literature. 

In other than musical lines Mr. McDuffee 
is influential. He has social and literary 
prominence. As dramatic and musical critic, 
his opinions published in the Rochester 
Conriej; of whose editorial staff he is a mem- 
ber, and in other papers, carry weight, while 
his articles of travel at home and abroad are 
widely read. Frankness and facility distin- 
guish his style as a writer. He has been the 
executive member of the ]5oard of Trustees of 
the Rochester Public Library from its organ- 
ization, and he holds office in various literary 
and social clubs in his own city and elsewhere. 

The subject of this sketch is still a young 
man, and much may be expected from him. 
So high an authority as Mr. H. G. Blaisdell, 
of Concord, N. H., concludes an appreciative 
article on Mr. McDuffee, published some time 
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terms: "A man we hope to hear more from in 
tlie fiitnio. He is especially blessed, as he 
has every means to gratify his wishes; and, 
while he leads a quiet life in his native town, 
vet we jiredict his work will be closely identi- 
fied with the musical history of our State, and 
when called to final account we trust he will 
hear, 'Well done, good and faithful servant,' 
for making so much of a divine talent so 
lovingly bestowed by the Giver of all good." 



(sTVMASA ALLEN, a prosperous agricult- 
ls« urist, and one of the oldest residents 
-^ '*V._ of Rochester, was born in 1820 on 
the homestead where he now resides, son of 
William and Sarah (Nutc) Allen. He comes 
of substantial English stock, and is the lineal 
descendant of a pioneer family of this town. 
His great-great-grandfather, John Allen, was 
the original owner of the homestead property, 
on which he settled in Colonial days. John's 
son William was the father of Major Samuel 
Allen, who served with distinction in the 
Revolutionary War. 

William Allen continued the improvements 
already begun on the homestead, each year 
clearing a few acres, and carried on mixed 
husbandry after the fashion of his time. In- 
heriting the patriotic spirit of his ancestors, 
he served in the War of 1S12 as quarter- 
master. His house was used as a sort of fort 
by the people of this vicinity, seventy-two 
persons having therein received protection 
from the Indians during one winter. By his 
wife, Sarah, who was a native of Milton, he 
became the father of eight children, of whom 
Levi W., the occupant of a farm adjoining 
the old homestead, is the only other sur- 
vivor. He was a Whig in politics, but he 
never filled a public office. 

Amasa Allen obtained his school education 



in Rochester. On the home farm he acquired 

a practical knowledge of agriculture. After 
following shoemaking for some 3'ears he aban- 
doned that business, and has since devoted 
himself to general farming, including lumber- 
ing, stock-raising, and dairying, having the 
assistance of his son, John II., who resides 
with him. He raises some fruit. The farm 
contains about three hundred acres of land, all 
of which is in Rochester. Besides three 
horses and a few sheep there is a handsome 
dairy of twenty-six fine milch cows, which 
add materially to the proprietor's income. In 
politics Mr. Allen is a Republican. With 
the exception of the -Surveyorship, which he 
filled for a few terms, he has not held any 
public office. For the past ten years he has 
been Deacon of the Walnut Grove Free Will 
Baptist Church. 

The first wife of Mr. Allen, whose maiden 
name was Clarrisa Roberts, died about sixteen 
months after the marriage, leaving no chil- 
dren. In January, 185 1, he married Miss 
Elizabeth Blaisdel, of Milton, who lore him 
four children. These were: Charles W. , f)f 
whom a brief sketch may be found elsewhere 
in this volume; Clara A., who became the 
wife of Charles II. Seavey, and died A|>ril 19, 
1894; Martha E., now the wife of Andrew 
Jackson, of Rochester; and John A., who 
lives on the home farm. 




"ON. MARTIN ALONZO HAYN1':S, 
of Lakeport, Belknap County, is one 
of the foremost citizens of the 
Granite State, having won an enviable rejaut;!- 
tion as a soldier, a journalist and a Congress- 
man. He was born in .Sjiringfield, .Sulliv.in 
County, N.IL, July 30, 1842, a son of 
Elbridgc Gerry and Caroline (Knowlton) 
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descent from Samuel Hayncs, who came from 
Sliropshire, I'jiglaiKl, to this country in 1635. 
A passenger in the ship "Angel Gabriel," 
Samuel Ilayncs was wrecked at Pemaquid 
(now Ikistol, Me.), in the great hurricane of 
August 15, 1635. In 1650 he settled in 
what is now Greenland, N.IL, then a part of 
Portsmouth, and in 165 1 and later he was a 
member of the Board of Selectmen of that 
place, also holding other offices of trust. He 
was one of the founders of the First Congre- 
gational Church of Portsmouth, which was 
gathered in 1670, and was Deacon of the same 
for a number of years. His posterity lived in 
Greenland, N.H., until two generations ago. 

Brave and active, the Haynes family have 
been prominent in war and peace. The great- 
great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch 
was a ranger, fighting in the French and In- 
dian War; and his great-grandfather was a 
Revolutionary soldier. His grandfather also, 
James Haynes, who was born in Allenstown, 
N.ll., was in the United States army, being 
enrolled as a drummer during the War of 
1 81 2. James Haynes was a farmer, residing 
during his later years in Newbury, N.H. He 
married Sally, daughter of the Rev. Mr. 
Clark, of Epsom, N.H., and reared a family 
of seven, two daughters and five sons. El- 
bridge G. being the eldest. 

Elbridge Gerry Haynes was born in Epsom, 
N.H., his parents removing at an early day to 
Newbury, N.H. During the years of his 
mature manhood he worked as a stone mason in 
Manchester, this State, where he was one of 
the prominent and highly respected citizens. 
He served on the Board of Aldermen of the 
city, and was elected to the State Senate. In 
religious belief he was a Universalist. He 
died in Manchester, at the age of sixty -five. 
His widow, a daughter of Captain Nathaniel 
Knowlton, of Sutton, N.H., is now seventy- 



four years of age. F"our children were born to 
them, only two of whom, a son and a daugli- 
tcr, are living, Martin A. being the elder. 

Martin Alonzo Haynes was four years old 
when his parents became residents of Man- 
chester, and in that city he was educated, 
graduating from the high school at the age of 
seventeen. After leaving school he started to 
learn the printer's trade, but his apprentice- 
ship was cut short by President Lincoln's call 
for volunteers in 1861. Though only eigh- 
teen years of age at the time, Mr. Haynes 
enlisted, and was mustered into the Abbott 
Guard, the first company to enter the camp of 
the First Regiment at Concord. This com- 
pany was transferred before leaving the State 
to the Second Regiment, in which it was in- 
corporated as Company I, enrolled for three 
years. Soon after the arrival of the regiment 
at Washington, Mr. Haynes was appointed 
Commissary's Clerk ; but he was an.xious for 
active service, and when the first advance was 
made into Virginia, learning that the duties 
of his- position were liable to keep him in 
camp, he resigned in disgust, demanded his 
musket, and took his place in the ranks of the 
company. Serving as a private soldier for 
three years, he participated in every engage- 
ment of the regiment, from Bull Run to Cold 
Harbor, never losing a day from duty, and 
never answering to "surgeon's call," though 
he was wounded three times. At the first 
Bull Run, late in the day, while defending the 
sunken road near the Henry House, he was 
slightly injured in the neck; at Glendale he 
received a severe contusion from a spent ball; 
and at the Second Bull Run, at the famous 
bayonet charge of Grover's Brigade, when the 
Second Regiment broke the two rebel lines of 
battle, he received a savage blow in the face, 
and bled profusely; but he maintained his 
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the wounded Lieutenant Rogers, who died in 
his arms. In tlie famous "peach orchard" of 
Gettyshurg, wliere out of thix'c h\ni(h"ed and 
fifty-four of his comrades engaged, one liun- 
(hx'd and ninety-three were killed or wounded, 
tlie three men nearest Mr. Haynes were 
struck by fragments of one shell, hut he was 
unharmed. Me was offered a commission, but 
declined. Discharged in June, 1S64, he re- 
turned to Manchester, and was employed for 
some time on the editorial staff of the Daily 
Mirror and the Daily Union. Resigning this 
position to accept that of clerk and ]iaymaster 
of the Rockingham Mills at Portsmouth, he 
remained there about a year, until the sus- 
pension of the mills. In January, 1S68, he 
returned to journalism, founding, with Benja- 
min F. Stanton, The Lake Village Tinics, of 
which three years later he became sole pro- 
prietor. In the meantime public duties of 
increasing responsibility were being crowded 
upon him, and in 1888 he left the editorial 
chair of the Times. Mr. Haynes is the author 
of "The History of the Second Regiment," 
copies of which are now eagerly sought for. 

One of the strongest men of the Republican 
party in his native State, he was elected from 
the town of Gilford to the New Hampshire 
legislature in 1872, and served two years, the 
first year presiding as Chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Fisheries, and the second year as 
Chairman of the Military Committee. Dur- 
ing Governor I'rescott's administration he was 
aide-de-camp on his staff, with the rank of 
Colonel. In 1876 he was appointed Clerk of 
the Circuit Court and the Superior Court of 
Judicature for Belknap County, and was in 
office until 1883, when he resigned to take a 
seat in the National Congress. In the fall 
election of 1882 his old comrades in arms 
brought his name forward as nominee from 
the First New Hampshire District, and after 



a canvass memorable in the history of New 
Hampshire politics he was nominated in the 
convention at Dover, and was elected in No- 
vemlier by an unprecedented ]iluralily of nearly 
three thousand, eight liundreil. In 1S84 he 
was renominated for Congress i)y acclamation 
at the Wolfboro convention, his opponent 
being the Rev. L. V . McKinney, one of llu' 
ablest and most popular men of his party in 
the State; and Mr. Haynes received nearly 
twenty-five hundred plurality. In both elec- 
tions he went far ahead of his ticket, receiv- 
ing hundreds of Democratic votes. While in 
Congress he was on the Invalid Tensions Com- 
mittee, the Labor Committee, and the V.\- 
penditure Committee. In 18S8 he was ap- 
pointed special agent of the Treasury, under 
President Harrison, and served until 1892. 
He has been active in all the recent Presi- 
dential campaigns, "stumping " for Harrison 
in 1888 and 1892, and for McKinley in 1896. 

As a Grand Army man Mr. Haynes has ilis- 
tinguished himself In peace as well as in war. 
In iSSi-82 he was President of the New 
Hampshire Veteran Association, and, when he 
resigned the chair to his successor, the associa- 
tion was not only free from debt, but owned 
valuable buildings for its annual reunions at 
Weirs. He was Commander of the Grand 
Army Department of New Hampshire at the 
same time. He has delivered many addresses 
and poems at soldiers' reunions and gather- 
ings. As an Odd Fellow, too, he is very 
prominent, having held all the chairs in 
Chocorua Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. V.\ and 
belonging to Laconia I£ncampment, No. 9. 

He was married in 1863 to Cornelia T. 
Lane, of Manchester, and has two daughters, 
both residing at liome. Mr. Haynes is a man 
of commanding presence, si.x feet (less half an 
inch) in height, and ajipearing much taller, an<l 
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pounds. Erect and soldierly, with a strong, 
hearty voice, he makes friends by his personal 
magnetism wherever he goes. He is a thor- 
ough gentleman, courteous and kindly to all. 
He delights in the rod and gun, and spends 
much of his leisure time hunting and fishing. 




'RAXKLIN ROSWELL SARGENT, 
proprietor of Pleasant View Stock 
l'"arni, Tilton, Iklknap County, is a 
native of the Granite State. He was born in 
the town of Littleton, Grafton County, Sep- 
tember lO, 1S59, son of Roswell and Mary 
(Morse) Sargent. His paternal grandfather, 
Elihu Sargent, was a resident for many years 
of Littleton; and there his father, Roswell, 
was born July 28, 18 13. 

Roswell Sargent, having acquired his edu- 
cation in the district schools, was engaged in 
farming until after his marriage, when he 
started in the hotel business. He was pro- 
prietor of hotels in Northumberland, Strat- 
ford and Stanstead Plain, Province of Quebec, 
and tlicd in the last-named place, June 12, 
1866. He married Mary, daughter of Obadiah 
Morse, and the following named children were 
born to them: Milo P.; Laura H. ; Harvey; 
Martha; Franklin Roswell, the subject of 
this sketch; and Charles H. Mrs. Sargent's 
father was born in Methuen, Mass. He was a 
soldier in the P'rench and Indian War, and 
was in General Wolfe's command at the tak- 
ing of Quebec. Later he enlisted in a Massa- 
chusetts regiment, and fought during the Rev- 
olution; and in the War of 181 2 he fought 
side by side with his eldest son, Webster 
Morse, then a lad of seventeen. Obadiah 
Morse married Sarah Webster, a relative of 
Daniel Webster. 

Franklin Roswell Sargent was taken by his 
parents to Stanstead when but four years of 



age. As he grew older he was sent to the 
common schools and to the academy. A vent- 
urous lad, desirous of seeing something of the 
world, when only eleven years old he ran away 
from home with another boy of about his own 
age, taking along a bull-dog that he had re- 
ceived in exchange for a shot gun. When 
about nine miles from home the boys met a 
circus, and one of the men offered to buy the 
boys' dog if it could whip his dog. The boys 
agreed, and, as their dog won in the scrim- 
mage, the circus man handed over a ten-dollar 
bill. Although Sargent was so young, he had 
handled considerable money, and he iiad 
shrewd suspicion that genuine ten-dollar bills 
were not so easily obtained. He therefore 
took the bill to a hotel near by and showed it 
to the proprietor, who, seeing that it was a 
counterfeit, and being a man desirous of see- 
ing fair play, went back with the boys, and 
obliged the circus man to give them a genuine 
bill. The boys went on to Wells River, 
where they stayed a few days visiting relatives 
of the Sargents. They finally reached Boston, 
and parted company. Young Sargent put up 
at the Merrimack House, and secured a situa- 
tion at a dollar a day riding horses for the 
sale stable. Even at that age his fondness for 
animals, especially for horses, had developed 
to a considerable extent; and there has not 
been a day since when he has not been thor- 
oughly interested in horses, and most of the 
time connected in some business capacity, 
either with buying and selling or raising and 
training them. After staying in Boston for a 
month he was glad to go back to Stanstead to 
see his father and mother. He was only home 
a week when he ran away to Sweetsburg, P.Q. , 
though he remained there only a short time. 

After these youthful travels he was content 
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look out for — until he was thirteen years old. 
In his fourteenth year he went to Washington, 
D. C, in eharge of two horses, and remained 
there driving horses at races. ]"(ir the ne.xt 
dozen years he rode horses at all the great 
races in Canada and Northern New England. 
His career has been a varied one, and his work 
has taken him over many sections of the coun- 
try. During those twelve years he worked in 
Boston, where at first he got only three dollars 
a week. He then worked successively in 
Stanstead, P. O. ; Stoneham, North Bridge- 
water, and Lowell, Mass.; Concord and Plym- 
outh, N.H.; and Bangor, Me. He ne.xt went 
to Lowell to manage the race track and train- 
ing stables; again to Stanstead; and thence 
back to Bangor, where he trained horses. 
After driving races through Massachusetts and 
Rhode Island, he went back to Bangor in the 
fall. This was about 1877. In the spring of 
1879 he went to Stanstead to break and ride 
the mare Zeta, and then went to race at Three 
Rivers, and won the queen's plate with her. 
After this he went with horses to Barton, Vt., 
and remained there for about two years en- 
gaged in handling horses. 

Not long after, he went to work for Mr. 
G. K. Foster, and later for his brother, Mr. 
V. H. P"oster. He has since remained in 
charge of Mr. Foster's stables, and has trained 
horses that have made records as low as Adra 
Belle, 2:13; and Lady Kenset, 2:21 1-4, to 
high wheels; l?essic, 17 3-4, to high wheels; 
Wilkins, 15 1-2, to high wheels; Viking, ig 
1-4, high wheels. Mr. Sargent now has 
George A., owned by Foster & Sargent, with 
a record of 18 1-4. He is by Glencoe Wilkes, 
and dam by Godfrey Patchen. In 18S8 Mr. 
Sargent came to Tilton, being in Mr. Fos- 
ter's employ. 

About 1S92 Mr. Foster, wishing to express 
in practical form his appreciation of Mr. Sar- 



gent's services, and to give him at the same 
time an enduring mark of his esteem, pre- 
sented him with the line property which he 
now controls. Pleasant View h'arni is one of 
the best grass farms in this part of the State. 
It has about sixty-five acres, and from twenty- 
five of these an annual crop of sixty tons of 
hay is harvested. The stable, erected at a 
cost of four thousand dollars, has seventeen 
extra large box stalls. The residence situated 
upon this property is a handsome one, and is 
occupied by Mr. Sargent and his family. Mr. 
Sargent intends to keep upon his place the 
finest breeders to be secured. He owns the 
mare Sonata, seven years old, for which lie 
paid two thousand dollars; also Cleveland, a 
stallion with a record of 2 : 20. 

Mr. Sargent married Miss Emma, daughter 
of John Dyson, of Richmond, P. Q., and has 
had two children — Norma May and Franklin 
R., Jr. In politics Mr Sargent is a Demo- 
crat. He is a member ui Belknap Lodge, 
A. I. O. U. W. He has been quite an exten- 
sive traveller. In 1SS6, his health having 
failed, he went to Jacks(jnville, h'la. , where 
he remained for a month, then going to En- 
terprise, where he was successful in shooting 
a large number of alligators. He brought 
home thirteen skins, and one stuffed specimen 
over twelve feet in length. The following 
autumn he went to Los Angeles and Pomona, 
Cal. 



TT^OLONEL JOSEPH BADGER, a 

I jy progressive farmer of Belmont, 15elk- 
vJ2_-^ nap County, N.I I., son ol William 
and Hannah P. (Cogswell) Badger, was born 
here, June 27, 18 17, Belmont then being a 
part of Gilmanton. 

His paternal ancestors were of English ex- 
traction, and were tiistinguished for wealth, 
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tioiis uf honor and trust apparently coming to 
them by natural ri-ht. Gilos Badger, the 
early progenitor, settled in Newbury, Mass., 
prior to June 30, 1643, dying there July 17, 
1647. His son, John, who was born June 30, 
1643, was made a freeman in 1674, and was 
a Sergeant of the militia. He became the 
father of four children: John, who died in 
early life; John, second; Sarah; and James, 
who died in 1693. By Sergeant John's sec- 
ond marriage, to Hannah Swett, there were 
ten more children; namely, Stephen, Hannah, 
Nathaniel, Mary, Elizabeth, Ruth, two sons 
whose names are lost, Abigail, and Lydia. 
John Badger, Jr., second, son of Sergeant 
John, married Rebecca Brown, by whom he 
had seven children, namely, John, third, 
James, Elizabeth, Stephen, Joseph, Benjamin, 
and Dorothy. 

Joseph, son of John, Jr., was twice married. 
His first wife, Hannah, was a daughter of 
Colonel Nathaniel Peaslee, of Haverhill, 
Mass., where Mr. Badger removed, engaging 
in general merchandise business the rest of 
his life. By this alliance there were seven 
children — ■ Joscjjh, second, Judith, Mehitable, 
Mary, Nathaniel, Mary, and one other, but 
only two of them lived to settle in life, Jo- 
seph (second) and Judith. Mr. Joseph Badger 
married Mrs. Hannah Pearson, a widow, for 
his second wife. Three children were the re- 
sult of their union — Enoch, Nathaniel, and 
Moses. 

Joseph (second), who was born January 11, 
1722, married his stepmother's daughter, Han- 
nah Pearson. Their children were: William, 
Hannah, Mehitable, Joseph (third), Rebecca, 
Ruth, Peaslee, Ebenezer, Mary and Na- 
thanfel (twins), Sarah, and Judith. Joseph 
Badger (second) settled in Bradford, Mass., 
where he engaged in farming, but owing to his 
natural ability and a good education he was 



soon called upon to take part in public affairs. 
At the age of twenty three he became Deputy 
Sheriff of Esse.x County^ Massachusetts, and 
in the militia he served as Ensign, Lieuten- 
ant, and Captain. In 1763 he removed to 
Gilmanton, N.H., being one of the first set- 
tlers and a proprietor. He liekl the office of 
Selectman, and he frequently served as Mod- 
erator in town meetings. On March 10, 
1768, he was appointed Justice of the Peace; 
July 10, 1 77 1, he was made Colonel of the 
Tenth Regiment, and June 27, 1780, was 
made Brigadier-general; in 1784 was com- 
missioned Justice of the Peace and Quorum 
tiiroughout the State; December 6, 17S4, was 
made Judge of I^robate for Strafford County ; 
and in 1784, 1790, and 1791 he was a mem- 
ber of the State Council. 

In politics Judge Badger was of the Demo- 
cratic Republican school, and was a firm 
and ardent patriot. He was conscientious in 
the discharge of every duty, and his life was 
marked by prudence, integrity, firmness, and 
benevolence. Institutions of learning and re- 
ligion were generously supported by him. 
He officiated as President of the Board of 
Trustees of Gilmanton Academy the rest of 
his life. Judge Badger was present at the 
capture of Burgoyne, and was on the attach- 
ment which escorted the vanquished army to 
Boston. After the war he served as Repre- 
sentative to the legislature, being also a mem- 
ber of the convention which adopted the Con- 
stitution. He died Ai^ril 4, 1803, in his 
eighty-second year. 

Joseph Badger (third) was also a Revolu- 
tionary soldier, serving as Lieutenant of his 
regiment during the campaign against Bur- 
goyne, also rendering efficient aid under Gen- 
eral Gates. After the war he returned to 
Gilmanton, and engaged in farming. His 
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lie officiated as Representative several years, 
and was for eight years Councillor for Strafford 
district. In the State militia he was also 
jironiinvnt, being a]ip<iinted to commanil the 
Tenth Regiment in 1795, becoming ]?rigadier- 
general of the Second lirigade the ensuing 
year. A brave soldier and an honored citizen 
was laid to rest when he died, at the age of 
sixty-three, January 14, 1809. 

William Badger, the father of the subject of 
this biography, was born in 1779, and in- 
herited the wealth, ability, and popular favor 
of his father, Joseph, third. In his youth he 
attended Gilmanton Academy. His first wife, 
Martha, to whom he was married in 1803, was 
a daughter of the Rev. Isaac Smith, the first 
settled minister in Gilmanton. She had two 
children: John, who died while a student at 
Bowdoin College in 1824; and Martha, who 
also died in early life. By his second mar- 
riage with Hannah P. Cogswell, who belonged 
to a distinguished family, there were also two 
children — Joseph and William. William 
Badger served as Colonel on Governor Lang- 
don's staff, and for a number of years in the 
legislature. The year he married his second 
wife he was elected Senator from District Six, 
and, being re-elected twice, served as Presi- 
dent of the Senate the last year, 1S16. The 
same year he was appointed Justice of the 
Court of Common Pleas, holding that office 
until 1820, when he was appointed Sheriff of 
Strafford County, in which capacity he served 
ten years. 

Colonel William Badger was a Democrat of 
the Jacksonian school. In 1834 he was tri- 
umphantly elected Governor of the State, and, 
proving himself a very efficient Chief Magis- 
trate, he was re-elected. At the close of his 
second gubernatorial term he refused a renom- 
ination, and retired to his farm. In 1844 he 
served as Presidential Elector. After his re- 



tirement from public life he engaged in manu- 
facturing, owning a cotton factory, a saw and 
grist mill. The present i)ros])erity of Bel- 
mont is largely ilue to his energy and enUr- 
prise. He ilieil September 21, 1.S52, at the 
age of seventy - three years. William, his 
younger son by the second marriage, was 
Major in the regular United States Army. 

Joseph Badger, elder son of Colonel Will- 
iam by his second wife, prcjiared for college 
at Gilmanton Academy, ant! was graduated at 
Dartmouth in 1839. Not being in robust 
health, he returned to the homestead, and 
turned his attention to farming. In 1842 and 
1S43 he served on the staff of Governor Hub- 
bard, with the title of Colonel, and he has 
twice officiated as Representative to the legis- 
lature; but with these exceptions he has led a 
quiet, retired life on the Badger homestead 
and estate, of which he is the owner. In poli- 
tics he is a Democrat, and since attaining his 
majority he has never missed an election. 

On October 11, 1865, Colonel Badger was 
united in marriage with Hannah IC. Ayers. 
Their union has been blessed by four children : 
Mary, who died in early life; Francis; John 
Cogswell; and Harriet P'lizabeth. 




LLIAM DANIEL KNAPP, a 
prominent lawyer of Somerswortli, 
and the Judge of the local police 
court, was born in Parsonsfield, Me., October 
17, 1830, son of Daniel and Bet.sy (Neal) 
Knapp. The first ancestor of the Knapj) fam- 
ily of whom there is any knowledge was 
William Knapp, who was btjrn in the county 
of Suffolk, England, in 1578. He joined the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, settling 
in Watertown, where his tleath occurred in 
1658. His descendants continued to reside in 
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cut century. Juilgc Knapp's grandfather, 
John Knapp, served as a soldier in the Revolu- 
tionary War. Daniel Knajjp was born in 
Salisbury, Mass., in 17S5. When fifteen 
years old he went to Parsonsfield, Me., and, 
learning the carpenter's trade, followed it in 
connection with farming through the active 
period of his life. He died F"ebruary g, 1S59. 
William Daniel Knapp attended the com- 
mon schools and the Parsonsfield Seminary. 
-At the age of eighteen, with a view of provid- 
ing sufficient means to defray the expenses of 
a collegiate course, he began teaching school, 
and subsequently followed that occupation in 
Conway, Jackson, and Tamworth, of this 
State, and in Ipswich, Newbury, and Groton, 
of Massachusetts. He matriculated at Dart- 
mouth College in 185 1, graduating in due 
course in 1855. At the reunion of the class 
of 1855, held in Hanover, N.H., June 25, 
1895, in celebration of its fortieth anniver- 
sary, there were present of the living mem- 
bers one-half the number of lawyers, one-half 
the number of doctors, one-fourth of the jour- 
nalists, and one-fourth of the clergymen, repre- 
senting Maine, New Hampshire, Massachu- 
setts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. ; and at 
the banquet President Dingley filled the chair, 
and Judges Field, Hardy, and Knapp were 
conspicuous on either side. After leaving 
Dartmouth, Mr. Knapp resumed educational 
work, teaching for a time at the academy in 
West Lebanon, Me., and at the New Hamp- 
ton Literary Institute. He studied law with 
Messrs. Wells and Eastman in Somersworth, 
was admitted to the bar in York County, 
Maine, September 22, 1858, and subsequently 
located for practice in Somersworth. His 
legal ability soon placed him in possession 
of a profitable general law practice. In the 
course of bis professional life, besides con- 
ducting many important cases, he has settled 



a large number of estates. Public affairs 
have i)rofited by his interest in them. He 
was elected County School Commissioner in 
July, 1S60, and served two years; was Secre- 
tary of the New Hampshire Board of Educa- 
tion from July, 1861, to July, 1862; served 
as a member of the Board of Selectmen for si.x 
years; and was Town Treasurer for nineteen 
years. In 1870 and 1871 he was a Repre- 
sentative to the State legislature. He was 
chosen a delegate to the Constitutional Con- 
vention in i88g, and he has presided over the 
Somersworth police court since 1S70. He is 
a Director of the Somersworth National Bank, 
and he has been one of the New Hampshire 
Fire Insurance Company since its organiza- 
tion in 1870. 

On November 29, 1866, Judge Knapp was 
united in marriage with Susan Hale Hussey, 
daughter of Deacon Thomas and Susan (Hale) 
Hussey, of Barrington, N.H. As a lawyer 
Judge Knapp has long enjoyed the confidence 
of the community, who thoroughly appreciate 
his character and ability. His work in public 
capacities has received deserved commenda- 
tion, while in a literary way his historical 
sketch of Somersworth, which appeared in the 
first annual report of the city government in 
1894, is an excellent piece of work, showing 
much careful research. He is a member of 
the Congregational church, is President of the 
Pascataqua Congregationalist Club; and in 
politics he acts with the Republican party. 



(shr LESTER FAI 

f^X and successful 
/JlsV^ ersworth, St 



'AUNCE, an undertaker 
business man of Som- 
Strafford County, was 
born P'ebruary 3, 1S42, in O.xford, O.xford 
County, Me., son of Aaron D. and ICmily J. 
(Lennell) Faunce. The father was also a 
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[xirt of his life engaged in the woollen busi- 
ness. In 1IS67 he went to East Rochester, 
where he followed the same business. Ten 
years later he came to (ireat Kails, now Som- 
ersworth, anil started an undertaking establish- 
ment, in which he was interested until his 
death, which occurred August 31, 1893, at the 
age (jf seventy-two years. In ptjlitics he sup- 
])orted the Republican party, but was not an 
office-holder. His wife, another nati\'e of O.x- 
ford County, Me., died July 29, 1888, at the 
age of sixty-nine. They were active members 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. They 
had seven children, of whom Eveline, Edwin, 
and Clarence are deceasetl. A. Lester, the 
subject of this sketch, Frank A. , VVillard H., 
and Charles H., and Delia M., are living. 

A. Lester Faunce was an attendant of the 
Oxford public schools until sixteen years of 
age. He then went to Amesbury, Mass., and 
worked in the woollen mills there for two years. 
At the end of that time he returned to his 
native town and was employed in the woollen 
mills there up to 1866. Then he removed to 
East Rochester, N. H., and worked in the 
woollen mills of that place until 1873. He 
next went to Stoneham, Mass., and was there 
engaged in a machine shop for a year or two. 
Having again returned to Oxford, he had fol- 
lowed the painting and undertaking business 
for about thirteen years, when he sold out, 
came to Somersworth, and formed a partner- 
ship with his father. This relation continued 
until the death of the latter, when Mr. Faunce 
bought his father's interest, since which time 
he has carried on the business alone. On 
l'"ebruary 5, 1863, he was united in marriage 
with Miss Sibelia Garcelon, who was a daugh- 
ter of the Rev. Alonzo Garcelon, of Levviston, 
Me. She died August 20, 1886. Two years 
later Mr. Faunce contracted a second marriage 
with Miss Alice A. Littlewood, of Oxford. 



Two children are the fruit of this marriage; 
namely, Clyde L. and Nina ]}., both living at 
home. In January, 1865, he enlisted in Com- 
pany 1', Thirty-second Maine Regiment, with 
which he did guard duty at Washingtnn until 
the close of the war. 

Mr. Faunce is a standi Republican. In 
Oxford he was Selectman for six years, and 
was Deputy Sheriff of Oxford County for eight 
years. In Somersworth he was Selectman of 
the Second Ward for two years; and, ha\-ing 
been elected for a term of three years in 
March, 1896, he is a member of the Council 
and President of that body. He is a member 
of Paris Lodge, No. 94, !•'. & A. M., of Paris, 
Me. ; of the Edwards Royal Arch Chapter, No. 
21, of Somersworth; of Orjjhan Council of 
Royal and Select Masters; of the St. Paul 
Commandery, Knights Templar, of Dover, 
N. H. ; and of Prospect Lodge, K. of P., of 
Somersworth. He is quite prominent in 
Grand Army circles, being a I'ast Com- 
mander of Littlefield Post, No. 8, of Somers- 
worth, and Past Assistant Adjutant General of 
the department of New Hampshire. 




ARON SANBORN CI.OUGH, one of 
the able farmers ami piominent resi- 
dents of Meredith, was born in this 
town, June 6, 1834, son of Phili[3 and Martha 
(Shaw) Clough. His grandfather, Philiii 
Clough (first), was a native of Canterbury, 
N.H. Philip Clough (second), also a native 
of Canterbury, born in 1799, was educatetl in 
a district school and brouglit up on a farn). 
When a young man he bought a piece of agri- 
cultural property in Meredith, where he tilletl 
the soil successfully for many years. In poli- 
tics he was originally a Whig; but later he 
united with the Republican party. Of a 
studious turn, he was an extensive reader and 



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well-informed upon all current topics. Subse- 
quently, having had the misfortune to lose his 
si'dit, the last four or five years of his life 
were passed with his son, Aaron S. ; and he 
died July 27, 18S7. He married Martha Shaw, 
a native of Meredith, and a daughter of Sam- 
uel and Louisa (Sanborn) Shaw, of Chiches- 
ter, Merrimack County, the former of whom 
died when his daughter was very young. She 
became the mother of three children — Martha 
S. , Aaron S. , and John H. John is no longer 
living. Martha S. , who has been three times 
married, is now the wife of Eli Ikmker, of 
New Hampton, N. II. Her first husband was 
Ezra Avery, of Campton, N. H., by whom she 
had one child. Aaron S. dough's mother 
died May 29, 18S6. Both parents were origi- 
nally members of the Free Baptist church, but 
in their later years they united with the Sec- 
ond Adventists. 

Aaron Sanborn Clough began his education 
in the district schools and advanced by attend- 
ing the New Hampton Institute. After com- 
l^leting his studies, he taught school for some 
time. He then engaged in the cattle business, 
buying and selling both cattle and hogs, and 
making Brighton, Mass., his headquarters. 
He travelled through New York State and 
Canada, and as far west as Chicago ; and he 
became well known in the cattle trade. Dur- 
ing the Rebellion, he was employed upon a 
htjspital steamer on the Potomac River, but 
was forced to leave that service on account of 
failing health. In 1866 he bought a farm in 
liammonton, N.J., which, after raising fruit 
on it for two years, he sold again. Resuming 
his former business of buying and selling 
cattle, he continued it for a short time, and 
then was engaged in the meat business in Bos- 
ton for two years. Returning to Meredith, he 
opened a meat and provision store and carried 
it on successfully for some years. In 1890 he 



commenced to take summer boarders, which 
business has so increased since as to make it 
impossible for him to entertain all who desire 
accommodations at his pleasant home. He 
carries on general farming with profit, supply- 
ing his table with dairy and garden products. 
Possessing considerable inventive genius, he 
has patented several useful implements, among 
which are a grain sieve, a moulding board for 
school use, and an improved plough. He was 
one of the original members of the defunct 
Know Nothing party in Meredith, and was one 
of the three persons who canvassed the town 
when the Republican party was organized 
here. While he has never sought office, he 
has been a member of the School Board, and 
was one of the commissioners who directed the 
building of the water-works, which rank among 
the best in this State. 

On February 15, 1852, Mr. Clough was 
joined in marriage with Ellen N. Knowles, 
daughter of Joseph Knowles, of Moultonboro, 
N. H. Bessie M. Clough, the only child of 
the union, died in September, 1892, aged fif- 
teen years. Mr. Clough was made a Mason 
in Mount Lebanon Lodge of Laconia, N. H., 
and was demitted to Chocorua Lodge, of Mere- 
dith. He is particularly interested in the 
development of the public library, of which he 
has been trustee and a member of the commit- 
tee on the selection of books. A considerable 
share of his time is devoted to biblical study. 

Mrs. Clough is a member of the I'ree Bap- 
tist church, and he attends it and is a teacher 
in the Sunday-school. 



ON. GEORGE H. EVERETT, Jus- 
tice of the Police Court of Laconia, 

^ V -- '^ "i well-known public nian of 

Belknap County. Born in Boston, Mass., 
September 5, 1S33, a son of George and 




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Sarali (l^lms) Everett, he is of the same stock 
as Etlward Everett, who was a distant connec- 
tion of his father. 

His grandfather, Aaron Everett, was one of 
the early butchers of Brighton, Mass., remov- 
ing there from Watertown ; and his father, 
George Everett, son of Aaron, was born in 
Watertown, Mass., in 1799. George Everett 
in his early years applied himself to his 
studies, and prepared for college with a view 
to adopting a profession, but changed his plans 
and went into trade, winning his first experi- 
ence in a grocery store; and he was subse- 
ijuently engaged in the sale of wall papers on 
Washington Street, Boston, until 1835. After 
that he spent a number of years on a farm in 
Chester, N. H., owning there an estate of fifty 
acres, which yielded a comfortable income. 
He sold his farm in 1870, and removed to 
Methuen, Mass., where he died at the age of 
seventy-si.x. His first wife, Sarah Elms, who 
was a native of Boston, died when her son, 
George H., was two years old, leaving, besides 
him, two little daughters. The father subse- 
quently married Ruth E. Uiulcrhill, of Ches- 
ter, N. H., who bore him five children, three 
girls and two boys. She also has passed 
away. 

George H. Everett, having acquired his 
primary education in Boston, attended school 
in Chester, N. H., and was graduated at the 
Brighton, Mass., High School. As a young 
man he was employed for about two years as 
clerk in a grocery and provision store in Bos- 
ton, and then went on the road as travelling 
salesman for the wholesale fancy goods house 
of L. S. Leonard & Co., taking orders in the 
Western States and part of New England. In 
iS6g he purchased Willard's Hotel in Laconia, 
and until 1882 he managed a successful hotel 
business with livery in connection. He after- 
ward leased the hotel for four years, but event- 



ually converted it into a private residence for 
himself, and now makes his home here. Judge 
Everett is now in the general insurance busi- 
ness, representing the Royal Liverpool, the 
Orient of Hartford, Conn., the l-'itchburg 
Mutual, the Cheshire IMutual, the Traveler's 
Life and Accident, the United ]-"iremen's of 
Philadelphia, and the American l-'ire Insur 
ance Company of Boston, and other well- 
known insurance companies. As a clear- 
headed, capable business man, he was one of 
the five chosen to form a building committee 
for the Masonic Temple. 

Li 1S72 he was united in marriage with 
Miss Sarah F. Gray, of Jackson, N. H., a lady 
of taste and ability, who has managed a suc- 
cessful millinery business since 1868. 

Judge Everett cast his first I'residential 
ballot for John C. Fremont in 1856, and has 
been loyal to the Republican jjarty ever since. 
He was appointed High Sheriff of Belknai) 
County by Governor Cheney, July 18, 1S76, 
and served until 1S80; was As.sociate Judge 
of the Laconia Police Court from .April 9, 
1892, to May 22, 1895; and since the latter 
date has presided efficiently as Justice of the 
Police Court. He was City Collector of 
Ta.xes in 1893 and 1S94. 

Judge Everett has held all the chairs in 
Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, A. V. & 
A. M., Union Chapter, R. A. M., No. 7, and 
Pythagorean Council, No. 6, Royal anil Select 
Masters; was elected to the Grand Council, 
and was Grand Master of State two years ; has 
been treasurer of Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. , 
since it started; and belongs to ICdward A. 
Raymond Consistory, of Nashua (thirty-second 
degree). As a member of the order of the 
Eastern .Star, he has presided as Grand Patron 
of the State. He has held all the chairs in 
.Aurora Lodge, No. 708, Knights of Honor, 
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was representative to the Supreme Lodge two 
years; and he has held all the chairs in Enter- 
prise Lodge, No. 452, Knights and Ladies of 
Honor. He has been a member of Amoskeag 
Veterans of Manchester, N.H., for about 
twenty years. It is needless to say that he is 
a very popular member of society. The Judge 
is one of the trustees of the First Unitarian 
Church of Laconia. 




UGUSTINE S. PARSHLEY, a prom- 
inent insurance and real estate man 
of Rochester, was born June 21, 
1840, in the town of Strafford, Strafford 
County, son of John VV. and Mary A. (Foss) 
I'arshley, both of whom were natives of Straf- 
ford. The father spent his life in that town, 
where he followed both farming and carpen- 
try. He was an active Free Soiler, but would 
accept no political office. Both parents died 
at the age of fifty-eight years, and both were 
esteemed members of the Free Will l^aptist 
church. They had five children, namely : 
Charles, who died in infancy; John D., who 
died in 1894, at Rochester; Sarah J., who 
married A. C. Hall, and lives with him in 
Georgetown, Mass. ; George C. , a resident of 
Haverhill, Mass. ; and Augustine S. , the sub- 
ject of this sketch. 

Augustine S. Farshley remained at home 
and worked with his father on the farm and at 
the carpenter's trade until after the breaking 
out of the Civil War. In August, 1862, he 
enlisted for three years in Company F, of the 
Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment, and 
afterward served until June, 1S65, during 
which time he was promoted to the rank of 
First Corporal. At the battle of Fredericks- 
burg, he received wounds that prevented his 
resuming his place in his regiment for about 
a year, the time being spent in different hos- 



pitals. When once more fit for service he 
was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, 
and with them was in the defences of Wash- 
ington. At the close of the v/ar, he returned 
to his home in Strafford, and was engaged in 
carpentry for a time. In 1870 he came to 
Rochester and opened an insurance office, 
which he has prosperously conducted since. 
At present he represents twenty-one of the 
leading insurance companies of the country, 
and is doing a large business. He is also 
considerably interested in real estate, and has 
been the secretary and treasurer of the Roches- 
ter Building and Loan Association since its 
organization in 1891. 

In April, 1866, Mr. Farshley married Miss 
Ellen Buzzell, of Strafford. By her he has 
three children, namely: Lillian F. , living at 
home, who is librarian of the Rochester Li- 
brary; Charles A., who is associated with his 
father in the insurance business; and MaryFl, 
also living with her parents. Mr. Farshley 
is a stanch Republican. In 1SS3 he was a 
Representative to the State legislature. In 
1873 he was elected Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen, and subsequently re-elected con- 
tinuously until 1882. For a part of that time 
he was Town Treasurer. Of the twelve hun- 
dred votes cast at the time of his re-election 
in 1875, he received all but forty-five. In 
18S4 he was again elected Chairman of the 
Board of Selectmen to serve for two years. 
Though re]5eatedly urged, he has declined to 
accept the nomination for Mayor. An iten) 
of his services that won him much favor with 
the people, was the fact that, although he 
found the town burdened with a war debt of 
sixty-two thousand dollars in 1873, when he 
relinquished its treasurership it had been en- 
tirely freed from debt without a special appro- 
priation, and it had some money to its credit. 

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No. 1 8, I. O. O. F. ; to Humane Lodge, No. 
2 1, A. 1-". & A. M. ; to Temple Cha|)ter, No. 
20, R. A. ;\I. ; tci Runnaawitt Tribe, No. g. 
Improved Order of Red Men; and to Sampson 
Post, No. 18, Grand Army of the Republic, 
all of Rochester. He is a member of the 
Free Will Baptist church. 




REDERICK LEWIS HAWKINS, 
M. D. , a prominent physician of Mere- 
dith, was born in this town, April 14, 
1 86 1, son of William H. and Helen M. 
(I'jiicry) Hawkins. His grandfather was Ste- 
phen Hawkins, a native of Holderness, N. H. 
Stephen Hawkins was engaged in agricultural 
pursuits until the breaking out of the Rebel- 
lion, when, in spite of his advanced age, he 
manifested his patriotism by enlisting in the 
lughth New Hampshire Regiment. Unfitted 
to bear the fatigue and exposure of army life, 
he died from disease contracted in the service. 
He married Jane B. Plaisted, whose father was 
a soldier in the Revolutionary War. She had 
si.\ children by him ; namely, Clara, William 
H., Lorenzo, James, Melissa, and Jonathan. 

William H. Hawkins, born in Holderness 
in 1839, was educated in the district schools. 
After finishing his studies, he began to learn 
the shoemaker's trade. Before ccmipleting 
his apprenticeship, he enlisted as a private in 
Company I, Twelfth Regiment, New Hamp- 
shire Volunteers, and died June 16, 1863, 
from wounds received in the battle of Chancel- 
lorsville. This second life given to defend 
the Union was sufficient evidence to prove that 
patriotism has been a characteristic of the 
Hawkins family. William H. Hawkins mar- 
ried Helen M. Emery, daughter of Jonathan 
Emery, of Meredith; and Frederick L., the 
subject of this sketch, is her only child. 

The education of Frederick Lewis Hawkins, 



begun in the common schools, was continued 
in the Meredith High School, and the Tillon 
Seminary. Being desirous of entering the 
medical profession, his evenings and summer 
vacations were spent at a drug store, where he 
read some medical text-books and obtained a 
good knowledge of drugs and chemicals. In 
1 886 he graduated from the Jefferson Medical 
College, Philadelphia, where he completed his 
professional studies, having had the advantage 
of a course of clinical instruction in the col- 
lege hospital. It was not his original inten- 
tion to locate in Meredith; but while spending 
a vacation in his native town, his professional 
services were in such demand as to cause him 
to change his mind. He opened an office here 
then, and has remained in the town since. 
His skill and reliability have gained for liim 
a wide reputation throughout this section, and 
his regular practice extends over a radius of 
eight or ten miles. He is a member of the 
New Hampshire Medical Society, and a Coun- 
sellor of the Winnepesaukee Academy of Med- 
icine. In politics he is a Democrat, but not 
a partisan. He was elected Town Clerk in 
1894, serving until 1897, and he has been a 
member of the Board of Education for eleven 
years. 

On October 19, 1889, Dr. Hawkins was 
united in marriage with Geneva Moses, 
daughter of Thaddeus Moses, of Meredith, and 
now has three children — Helen, Ruth, and 
Marguerite. He was made a Mason in Cho- 
corua Lodge in 1887, of which he was subse- 
quently Worshipful Master for three years. 
He is connected with Belknap Lodge, 
I. O. O. F., is Past Chancellor of Meredith 
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and was formerly 
First Lieutenant of William 11. Hawkins 
Cami), Sons of Veterans. He attends the 
Baptist church, of which Mrs. Hawkins is a 
member. 



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■AMI'S FRANK ROHERTS, who owns 
nml occupies the old Roberts homestead 
on Meredith Neck, within the township 
of Meredith, was Inirn November 7, 1852, in 
the house where he now resides, son of Thomas 
and Nancy C. (Wiggin) Roberts. Both of 
his paternal families are well known in this 
town, and representatives of each are prosper- 
ous and useful citizens of Meredith. His 
grandfather, Leavitl Roberts, was a pioneer 
farmer of the town. Thomas Roberts was 
born in Meredith, September 11, 1S12. In 
his younger days he was a stone-cutter in 
Ouincy, Mass., and later was engaged in farm- 
ing. He died, December i, 1886, upon the 
farm where his son, Oren N., now resides. 
His wife Nancy became the mother of four 
children, namely: Oren N., the Supervisor of 
Roads in Meredith; George Smith Roberts, a 
resident of Chicago; Eben Fisk, of Medford, 
Mass. ; and James F. , the subject of this 
sketch. VoY an account of Mr. Roberts's ma- 
ternal ancestry the reader is referred to a 
sketch of Oren N. Roberts, which appears 
elsewhere in this work. 

James Frank Roberts acquired such an edu- 
cation as was afforded by the public school 
system of his day, and, with the exception of 
two summers, his whole life has been spent at 
the homestead. His farm contains fifty-three 
acres, all of which is under cultivation, and 
it yields large crops of general farm products. 
On December 23, 1893, Mr. Roberts mar- 
ried Mrs. Avis E. (Shattuck) Ferry, daughter 
of the Rev. Calvin S. Shattuck, an evangelist 
of the Second Advcntist faith. Mr. Shattuck 
has resided in Pittsfield, N. H., for many 
years. He married Phillis Gray, who bore 
him four children, of whom three are living. 
These are: the Rev. Frank Shattuck, of Roch- 
ester, N.H. ; Avis E., who is now Mrs. Rob- 
erts; and the Rev. Charles W. Shattuck, of 



Eakeport, N.H. In politics Mr. Roberts is a 
Democrat. He is a member of Winnepesau- 
kee Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. 




RANK D. RANDALL, a successful 

farmer of Lee, Strafford Comity, N.H., 

was born on the farm which he now 

owns and occupies, August 27, 1853, son of 

John and Mary J. (Demerritt) I^tandall. 

His great-grandfather, Simon Randall, the 
earliest known ancestor, settled on this farm 
in the year 1700. Simon, grandfather of 
Frank D., was also engaged in farming most 
of his life. 

John, son of Simon Randall (second), was 
born on the homestead in 1S21. He and his 
wife Mary were the parents of seven children; 
namely, I'rancis, Israel, Fallen, Martha, Frank 
D., Amanda, and Herbert, of whom Israel and 
Herbert are now deceased. Mr. Randall spent 
his whole life on the farm, and was a highly 
esteemed citizen. He contributed liberally 
to the support of the church. His death oc- 
curred in May, 1875. 

Frank D. Randall acquired a good prac- 
tical education, attending the common school, 
Coe's Academy, and Manchester Commercial 
School. On the death of his father, he re- 
turned home and took charge of the homestead. 
Its present flourishing condition attests his 
knowledge of agriculture as well as his prac- 
tical business ability. He owns one hundred 
and seventy-five acres of land, and carries r)n 
general farming. 

In September, 1877, Mr. Randall was 
united in marriage with Laura A. Chesley, of 
Durham, N.H. They have one son, John L. 
Mr. Randall belongs to the Republican party, 
and had the honor to serve as Representative 
to the legislature in i S96, winning his elec- 
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LONZO riCKKINS, well kiidwn as a 
thrifty farmer and the proprietor of 
a summer boarding-house in Centre 
Harbor, was born in his present home, July 
23, 1S32, son of Timothy and Sally (Jones) 
Perkins. His grandfather, Lemuel Perkins, 
who was born in 1751, was a prosperous farmer 
of Strafford, N H. 

Timothy Perkins was also a native of Straf- 
ford, born September 11, 1789. He was edu- 
cated in the district schools and at Lincoln 
Academy, and after the completion of his 
studies he taught school for several winter 
terms. His summers were passed at the home 
farm until after his marriage, when he settled 
upon a tract of wild land in Holderness, 
N.H., which he cleared and improved. After 
residing here for some years, he sold the prop- 
erty and bought the farm in Centre Harbor 
where his son now resides. The rest of his 
life was spent in this town, and he died P^eb- 
ruary i, 1881. He was one of the pillars of 
the local Democratic party organization in his 
day, and his influence was felt in all its move- 
ments. He served as a Selectman for eighteen 
years; was the Chairman of that body for the 
greater part of that time; was Town Treasurer 
a number of years; represented Centre Harbor 
in the legislature for three terms, and was a 
Justice of the Peace for about forty years. 
He was noted throughout this section as an 
auctioneer, and also did a great deal of busi- 
ness before the Probate Court, settling many 
estates. His wife, Sally, was born in Straf- 
ford, January 8, 1795, daughter of John Jones, 
who was an industrious farmer and quite an 
extensive landowner. She became the mother 
of nine children, eight of whom are li\'ing, 
namely: William J., a resident of Centre 
Harbor; P^meline R., now a widow; Paul, 
who resides in Ashland; John S., of Holder- 
ness; George S. , of Lakeport; Ebenezer F., 



now deceased; Alonzo, the subject of this 
sketch; Timothy, who died in infancy; and 
Charles H., also deceased, (iooding Piper, 
who was the husband of Kmeiine R., enlisted 
in Company I, Twelfth licgiment. New Hamp- 
shire Volunteers, and died while serving in 
the late war. Mrs. Timothy Perkins diet! 
March 23, 1867. 

Alonzo Perkins acquired a [lublic school 
education. At the age of nineteen he went 
to Lowell, Mass., where he learned the 
mason's trade. Subsequently he followed 
that calling until 1866, when his mother's 
illness caused him thereafter to remain at the 
homestead. After her death he concluded to 
engage in agricultural pursuits, which he has 
since followed; and he eventually succeeded 
to the ownership of the property. His farm 
contains eighty acres of fertile land, twenty- 
five of which are under cultivation. He win- 
ters an average of eight head of cattle. In 
1890 he began to entertain summer boarders, 
having accommodations for si.xteen at one 
time. His pleasant house is now well patron- 
ized during the heated term. 

On April 7, 1857, Mr. Perkins married 
Henrietta C. Keyser, daughter of Nathaniel 
Keyser, of Shirley, Mass. He ha.s one daugh- 
ter, Carrie Etta, now the wife of Ned 15. San- 
born, of Meredith. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat. He was a Selectman for two years. Tax 
Collector and Highway Surveyor for a number 
of terms, was a delegate to the Constitutional 
Convention ; and he has been Town Clerk for 
the past four years. Mrs. Perkins is a mem- 
ber of the Free Will Baptist church. 



AMUI:L F. DKMFRITT, a prac- 
tical farmer of Lee, Strafford 
^—m^^ County, was born in Tuftonboro, 
Carroll County, N.H., October 18, 1829, 




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son of lulmiind and Lois (l)omcriitt) Dcmoiitt. 
lie removed to Wolfboro, in the same county, 
when he was but eight years of age, and 
there acquired his education in public and 
l)rivate schools, remaining until early man- 
hood. In 1S54 he left the charming scenery 
of. Lake Winnepcsaukce, and came to Lee, 
where he was employed by his uncle, Andrew 
]•'.. Demerritt, on the farm where he now 
resides. Si.\ months later he went to Boston, 
Mass., being engaged for five months there- 
after in the commission business in that city, 
("loing then to Dover, N. H., he worked three 
years in the shoe factories there, subsequently 
returning to Lee, where he has since resided. 
Mr. Demeritt owns one hundred and ninety 
acres of land, and successfully carries on a 
genera! farming and dairy business. In poli- 
tics he supports the principles of the Demo- 
cratic part}-. In uSSi he had the honor to 
serve his party and the town of Lee as Rep- 
resentative to the legislature. 

On September 13, i860, Mr. Demeritt was 
united in marriage with Lucy A. Dockum, of 
Wolfboro, N.H. 



[OSIAH TOWLE STURTEVANT, a 
retired business man of Meredith, was 
born June 22, 1S27, at Centre Harbor, 
N. II., son of Ward Cotton and Lucetta 
(Dalton) Sturtevant. His great-grandfather, 
Church Sturtevant, who was a native of Hali- 
fa.\, Mass., and a pioneer settler in Centre 
Harbor, reared several sons, one of whom, 
Ilosea Sturtevant, served as a soldier in the 
Revolutionary War. Joseph Sturtevant, 

grandfather of Josiah T., was born in Halifax 
in 1770. When fourteen years old he accom- 
panied his parents to New Hampshire, and 
settled with them upon a tract of wild land at 
Centre Harbor. At that time there were but 



two small houses and a grist-mill up<in the 
site of the present city of Laconia. , Ouite a 
settlement had sprung up at what is known as 
Meredith Parade, however; but the town of 
Meredith contained only two farm houses, a 
grist-mill, and a dugout that served as tlie 
abode of the miller. The farm which Joseph 
Sturtevant assisted in reclaiming from the 
wilderness eventually fell to him, and be 
resided there for the rest of his life. He 
married Dorothy Tovvle, and reared thiee chil- 
dren — W^ard C, Elsie, and Olive. Elsie 
married Jonathan Clarke, of Moultnnboro; 
and Olive became the wife of James Jackson, 
of Eaton, N.H. The father was a Whig in 
politics; while both he and his family be- 
longed to the Congregational ist church. 

Ward Cotton Sturtevant, the father of Jo- 
siah T. Sturtevant, born at Centre Harbor in 
1798, was reared at the homestead, succeeded 
to its ownership after his father's death, and 
followed general farming during the rest of 
his active period. In politics he supported 
the Whig party. He was one of the organ- 
izers of the Congregational church at Centre 
Harbor, and served it as a Deacon for many 
years. Ward C. Sturtevant died in US79. 
His wife Lucetta, a daughter of Joseph Dalton, 
of Deerfield, N.H., became the mother of five 
children; namely, Julia A., Josiah T. , Mar- 
tha, Henry, and Mary. Julia A., now de- 
ceased, became the wife of Abner Z. C. True, 
of Centre Harbor. Martha is the wife of 
William Gordon, of Boston. Henry is resid- 
ing at the old homestead; and Mary died at 
the age of two years. The mother lived to the 
age of seventy-seven years. 

Josiah Towle Sturtevant acquired his educa- 
tion in the schools of Centre Harbor and 
Meredith. At the age of fourteen he began to 
learn the blacksmith's trade, which he subse- 
quently followed for seven years. During the 



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succeeding]; three years he wns employed in a 
pianii factory as a painter and varnisiier. In 
185.S, while visiting at the homestead, he met 
a travelling photographer, who had a studio 
upon wheels. On finding that the migratory 
artist was desirous of selling out, Mr. Sturtc- 
vant hought the entire outfit, and after receiv- 
ing a little instruction started in the Inisiness 
for himself. A short time later he went to 
Concord, where he obtained a more jiractical 
knowledge of the business. After this he 
continued to move about with his travelling 
studio between Centre Harbor and Meredith 
until i860, when he, in turn, found a jiur- 
chaser for the outfit. He then erected a per- 
manent gallery in Meredith, where he re- 
mained continuously until 1864. In this year 
he began to pass his winters in Laconia. He 
continued in the photograph business until 
failing health caused him to relinquish it in 
I S67, and after his recovery he was employed 
in a drug store in this town for three years. 
Since 1870 he has carried on quite an exten- 
sive business in real estate. He also deals in 
sewer pijie, being the only one to handle that 
article north of Laconia. 

Some time ago, after having acquired con- 
siderable property, Mr. Towle retired from 
active occupation. He is connected with 
Winnepesaukee Lodge, I. O. O. F. , of La- 
conia, and with Winnepesaukee Grange, 
Patrons of Husbandry. In politics he is a 
Republican. On September ig, 1871, he 
wedded Mary A. Perley, daughter of Dr. J. L. 
I'erley, of Laconia. 



kOSKS CRAFT LATHROI', M.D., 
son of William and IClizabeth 
(Drake) Lathrop, came to Dover, 
N.H., in May, 1S66, and purchased and occu- 
pied his present residence, 16 St. John Street, 




where he has since devoted himself exclusively 
to his profession. II is birthplace, Tolland, 
Conn., was through six generations the ances- 
tral home of the Lathrops, whose lineage 
reaches back unbroken over three hundred and 
fifty years. In his admirable "Genealogical 
Memoir" of the Lo-I.athrop family, the Rev. 
K. H. Huntington, A.M., says: — 

"I.owthorpe is a small parish in the wajien- 
take of Dickering, in the ICast Riding of 
York, four and a half luiles north-east from 
Great Driffield, having about one hundred and 
fifty inhabitants. It is a per]ietual curacy in 
the archfleaconr)' of \'ork. This parish gave 
the name to the family of Lovvthrop, Lothrop, 
or Lathrop. The church, which was dedicated 
to St. Martin, and had for one of its chaji- 
lains, in the reign of Richard, the second 
Robert de Lovithorj), is now parly ruinatec', 
the tower and chancel being almost entirely 
overgrown with ivy. It was a collegiate 
church from 1333, and from the style of its 
architecture must have been built about the 
time of Edward III.," 1312-77. 

From the many notices of the I.owthorpes 
in that English parish we take this curious 
record: "1292 Walter de Lovvthorpe is sum- 
moned to answer to the king, Edward I., for 
attempting to regulate the "assize of beer" on 
all of his tenants in Lowthori:)e, and fither 
places, without a license from the king." 
He stoutly defended him.-elf, insisting upon 
his unquestioned right "anent custom thro his 
ancestors without interruption, beyond the 
memory of man." 

It was a descendant of this ancii'Ut and 
honorable family, whose arrival in America is 
recorded on page seventy-one of Governor 
\Vinthrop"s journal, un<ler date of .September 
iS, 1634: "The 'Griffin" and another ship 
now arriving with about two hundred ]ias- 
sengers, Mr. Lathrop and Mr Sims, two godly 



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ministers, comint; in the same ship." The 
Rev. John Lathrop, this "godly minister," 
who fled from the persecutions of Laud, was 
welcomed by a little flock, with whom later 
he founded the first church in Barnstable, 
Mass. The first home of Mr. Lathrop was 
small and uncomfortable, but in 1644 he oc- 
cupied a more substantial structure, the frame 
of which, after more than two hundred and 
fifty years, is not only still standing, but, ac- 
cording to a local historian, "is now, in its 
rcmodelleil form, one of the prettiest build- 
ings in the village, and is occupied for a par- 
sonage and a public library." Rev. John 
Lathrop was an independent thinker, a man 
"distinguished for worldly wisdom as well as 
for piety." 

From him the subject of this sketch is in 
the eighth generation descended. His grand- 
father, the Rev. Rowland Lathrop, of Tolland, 
Conn., married Hannah Craft, sixth in descent 
from Lieutenant GrifTin Craft, of Ro.xbury, 
Mass., emigrant from England in 1630, and 
for eight sessions delegate to the Massachu- 
setts General Court. His father, William 
Lathrop, who was born in 1806, and died in 
1877, was a Christian gentleman of sterling 
worth and integrity, proi)rietor of land in Tol- 
land, Conn., and of certain mill interests in 
Ellington, Conn. He married Elizabeth 
Wolcott Drake, daughter of Francis Drake, of 
East Windsor, Conn., who died in her son's 
infancy. 

His grandfather on his mother's side was 
the daughter of Dr. Simon Wolcott, military 
surgeon through the Revolutionary War, 
whose father. Dr. Alexander Wolcott, was the 
son of Major-general Roger Wolcott, Gover- 
nor of Connecticut, brother of Major-general 
Oliver Wolcott, LL.D., Governor of Connect- 
icut, and signer of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence; uncle of Major-general Oliver 



Wolcott, second, LL.D., Governor of Con- 
necticut. 

Dr. Lathrop is an alumnus of the acatlemies 
of Wilbraham and Munson, Mass. He stud- 
ied medicine with Dr. Marshal Calkins, now 
of Springfield, Mass., late Professor of Physi- 
ology in the Vermont University, and with 
the late Dr. G. M. Nichols, of Worcester, 
Mass., and graduated from the Worcester 
Medical College in 1852. The expenses of 
his education were met by his own exertions 
in manual labor and in teaching. 

In 1853 he married Elizabeth Babcock, 
widow of the Rev. S. S. Mathews, and daugh- 
ter of the Rev. William S. ]?abcock, of Bar- 
rington, N.H., who was a graduate of Yale, 
she being a grand-daughter of Adam Babcock, 
of Boston, and great-grand-daughter of Judge 
Joshua Babcock of the Supreme Court of 
Rhode Island, a co-founder of Brown Univer- 
sity. By this marriage Dr. Lathrop assumed 
what has proved to be the very happy relation 
of stepfather to the following named children: 
the now eminent musician, W. S. B. Mathews, 
of Chicago; the late Lieutenant John W. 
Mathews, who in 1862, at the age of seven- 
teen, enlisted as private in the Twenty-first 
Iowa Infantry; the Rev. S. S. Mathews, who 
founded and for ten years was pastor of the 
Boylston Church, Boston, and is now jiastor 
of the Hanover Street Congregational Church, 
Milwaukee, Wis. ; Martha A., widow of the 
late Dr. T. J. W. Pray, of Dover; and Mary 
E., wife of W. A. Burnap, Esq., of Iowa. 

In early professional life Dr. Lathrop hatl 
experience of the rougher side of country prac- 
tice, both among the hills of New England 
and on the prairies of upper Des Moines. 
There where the log stockade was still a ne- 
cessity against marauding Indians, two hun- 
dred miles from a railroatl, in the now popu- 
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the clioicc'st of liome-scekcrs the I'"ast has sent 
out, lived fora short time the rude, hut iiealth- 
ful, happy, life of the pioneer doctor. 

In July, 1S63, Dr. Lathrop began army ser- 
vice in the Nineteenth Iowa Infantry on a 
commission as Assistant Sur<;eon from (lovcr- 
nor Kirkvvood. In the following October he 
was [jromoted to be Surgeon, Fourth I'^ngi- 
neers "Corps d'Afrique," Colonel Charles 
L. Norton commanding. The designation 
of this regiment was later changed to Ninety- 
eighth U. S. C. I. ant! in the autumn of 1865 
was, by consolidation, merged in the Sixty- 
eigiith, whose surgeon, much against his 
inclination, he was appointed to replace. 
By incessant care and effort, through many 
difficulties, Surgeon Lathrop succeedetl in 
raising the sanitary condition of his regi- 
ment to the highest degree, and was informed 
from headquarters that its health record stood 
first in the Department of the Gulf. During 
her husband's absence, Mrs. Lathrop, too, did 
efficient service for the soldiers as travelling 
agent of the N. W. Sanitary Commission, 
under the direction of its President, Mrs. 
Mary A. Livermore, whose intimate friend- 
ship she still enjoys. At Brashear City, La., 
Dr. Lathrop was for several months Post Sur- 
geon; and at New Iberia, La., by appointment 
of General T. W. Sherman, he served as Judge 
Advocate of a General Court Martial for the 
trial of several capital cases. 

Through the winter and spring of 1 866, 
upon a complimentary ticket from Dean Shat- 
tuck, of Harvard Medical School, he pursued 
clinical studies in Boston. 

In 1880 Dr. Lathrop went to Europe, and 
when in London, under the skilful guidance 
of a hospital attache, made the tour of its hos- 
pitals, attending clinics of Lister, Bryant, ami 
other celebrities. Accompanied by his wife, 
he has made the following excursions: in 1886 



to California; in 18S7 to W'asiiington, D.C, 
to the Ninth Triennial Meeting of the Inter- 
national Medical Association; in 18SS to 
I'uget Sound over the Canadian Pacific Rail- 
road; in 1892 to Mexico, as member of the 
American Public Health Association. 

In 1850 Dr. Lathro]) joined the i'lea.sant 
Street Baptist Church of Worcester, Mass., 
and to this time has been a regular attendant 
and supporter of religious services. He is a 
Knight Templar of St. Paul's Commandery, 
and a member of various other social orders, 
including the G. A. R. Of the Knights of 
Honor he has served as State Medical P.x- 
aniiner. He has, however, in every otiier 
circle but medical persistently withluld liini- 
self from the honors and duties of office. He 
is ex-President of the Dover and of the .Straf- 
ford District Medical Societies. In June, 
i8g6, he was elected Vice-President of the 
New Hampshire Medical Society, which he 
had previously represented to various other 
medical societies, inchulingthe American and 
the Canadian. 

Dr. Lathrop's decision of thirty years ago to 
settle in Dover, though reluctantly taken in 
the face of strong attractions elsewhere, and 
because of family sickness, has in its recollec- 
tion no regrets over the "might have beens " 
that are not more than offset by the retrospect 
of a very busy life and the beauty of its friend- 
ships. And now, after forty-five years" ex- 
perience of its toils and pleasures, he still 
jnirsucs, with unabated vigor, the study and 
practise of his vocation con niiioir, and with a 
satisfactory degree of substantial success. 



nrXANH-.L WADSWORTH COP:, a 

I I farmer of Centre Harbor, lulkn.ip 

('—I*!*/ County, was born there, April 28, 

1838, son of John and Lavinia T. (Scnter) 



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Coe. The genealogy of the family dates back 
to the sixteenth century. Robert Coe, the 
earliest paternal ancestor of whom there is any 
recortl, was born in Suffolkshire, England, in 
1596. In April, 1634, with his wife and 
three sons, Robert Coe sailed from Ipswich, 
Suffolkshire, in the ship "I'rancis," and ar- 
rived at Boston in the following June. He 
settled in Watertown, Mass., where in the 
same year he was made a freeman. In 1635 
he and his family emigrated to VVethersfield ; 
anil there, as was tlie custom of the early set- 
tlers, they traded largely with the Indians. 
On October 30, 1640, in pursuance of a de- 
cision to divide the church society, owing to 
a dispute among its members that the church 
at Watertown and Mr. Davenport, of New 
Haven, had fruitlessly tried to settle, Andrew 
Ward and Robert Coe, representing them- 
selves and about twenty other planters, pur- 
chased Reppowans (Stamford), of New Haven 
Colony, for the sum of thirty-three pounds. 
In 1643 a General Court was established at 
Stamford, and Robert Coe, now one of the 
foremost men of the colonies, was appointed 
an assistant Judge. Next year, in company 
with several other persons, he formed the first 
English settlement at Hempstead, Long Is- 
land. Eight years after, he removed to what 
is now called Newtown, Long Island, where 
he became Magistrate, and took a prominent 
part in all town affairs. P"our years later he 
was one of a party to establish a settlement in 
Jamaica, Long Island. The land occupied by 
the settlers was purchased of the Indians, 
March 21, 1656, and the certificate of pur- 
chase was signed by Robert Coe and seventeen 
others. In 1659 he was appointed Magistrate 
of this town; and in May, 1664, he repre- 
sented Jamaica at the General Convention at 
Hartford, by which body he was appointed 
Commissioner for his town. Thereafter, 



until 1672, he continued to be one of the most 
prominent men in that district. 

Robert Coe, Jr., who was a native of Eng- 
land, born in 1627, and accompanied his father 
to America, settled in Stratford, Conn., and 
died in 1659. His only son, born in 1658, 
who grew to manhood in New Haven, at the 
age of thirty returned to Stratford, mar- 
ried Mary Hawley, became the father 
of ten children, and died in 1741. One of 
these children, Joseph Coe, born in 1686, 
married Abigail Robinson, and died in 1754. 
Joseph Coe, Jr., born in 17 13, married Han- 
nah Parmell, who, with her child, died in the 
following year. He contracted a second mar- 
riage in 1739 with Abigail Curtis, and died at 
Middlefield, Conn., in 1784, leaving ten chil- 
dren. These children were: James, Hannah, 
Abigail, Anne, Joseph, the Rev. Curtis, Eben- 
ezer, Joel, Abigail, and Elisha. The Rev. 
Curtis Coe, grandfather of the subject of this 
sketch, was born July 21, 1750. After re- 
ceiving his education at Brown University, 
where he graduated in 1776, he was ordained 
at Durham, N.H., November i, 1786, and 
afterward preached in the Congregational 
church there for many years. He was honor- 
ably dismissed from the ministry in 1806, and 
died in 1829. His wife, whose maiden name 
was Anne Thompson, bore him eight children 
— Joseph, Abigail, Ebenezer, Polly, Curtis, 
Anne, John, and Benjamin. 

John Coe, who was born in Durham, No- 
vember 3, 1797, obtained his education in the 
common schools of the town, and worked for 
his brother in a country store until he was 
twenty years old. He then started in busi- 
ness for himself, and thereafter carried it on 
successfully for ten years. He next engaged 
in ship-building at Durham with his brother 
Joseph. This was in the early days of the 
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among ship-builders to serve lic|uor in the 
ship-yard every day at eleven o'elock. The 
new firm, having decided to discontinue the 
practice, posted notices to that effect, but an- 
nouncing that in lieu of drink its money 
value would be added to the pay of each man. 
The result was a strike, but Messrs. Coe 
Brothers secured new men from Portsmouth to 
fill the places of the strikers. A few years 
after his marriage John Coe purchased of his 
father-in-law the old Senter House, which he 
remodelled and improved in various ways. 
Later he left the Senter House in charge of 
his son Curtis, and leased the old Marlboro 
Hotel in 15oston, which he conducted for many 
years. After this he went extensively into 
the real estate business in Boston. His wife, 
Lavinia, who came from Centre Harbor, bore 
him six children; namely, Curtis S., Annie 
L. , John Lyman, Ellen L. , Rufus L., and 
Daniel W. Curtis S. married Laura Merrill; 
Annie L. married Charles P. Towle ; Ellen L. 
married S. J. Ouimby, M. D. ; Rufus L. mar- 
ried M. J. Canney; and Daniel W. married 
Fannie Ladd. The wife of John Coe was the 
daughter of Samuel M. and Lettice Alls 
(Hean) Senter, and she had three sisters and 
one brother. John Senter, one of the proprie- 
tors of Londonderry in 1719, was the first rep- 
resentative of the Senter family in Centre 
Harbor. He was of English birth, but he 
went from Long Island, New York, to Lon- 
donderry. His son Moses, of Centre Harbor, 
was the grandfather of Lavinia. In his 
younger days Mr. John Coe was a Democrat ; 
but at the time of his death, April 2, 1861, 
he was a stanch Republican. He was ex- 
tremely active in politics, but had no time to 
fill public offices. 

Daniel Wadsworth Coe spent his boyhooil 
in Centre Harbor, laying the foundation of his 
education in the public schools of this place. 



He sidisecpiently attended Gilmanton Acad- 
emy, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and 
the New Hampton Biblical Seminary and 
Literary Institute. He has always lived on 
the home farm, which he has successfully 
carried on since taking up the real work of 
life. He has given his attention chieHy to 
general farming. 

On July I, iS/S, Mr. Coe married Miss 
Fannie Ladd, daughter of Seneca Ladd, of 
Meredith, N.H. Politically, he is a Repub- 
lican. In 1895 he was elected Selectman of 
the town, and was re-elected in 1896. He is 
a prominent member of Garnet Hill Grange. 
The sterling qualities of his ancestors are 
repeated in Mr. Coe, who is a most public- 
spirited citizen and a very genial and hospita- 
ble man. 



(^OHN DEMERITT, of Madbury, Straf- 
^^ I ford County, Sergeant-at-arms of the 
vcj/ New Ham[)shire Senate din-ing the late 
session of the legislature (1897) is the worthy 
representative of substantial Colonial stock 
planted in the soil of the Granite State more 
than two hundred years ago. 

In 1694 there came to the little town of 
Madbury, then a parish in Dover, one Eli de 
Merit, who, according to tradition, was a 
Huguenot refugee, fleeing from France soon 
after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 
and settling in the Isle of Jersey, where, as 
his will shows, being still extant, he left an 
estate. He is supposetl to have descended 
from a Saxon thane of Somersetshire, 
Eadnoth, whose son was surnamed de Meriet, 
mention of whom is to be founil in ancient 
records of 1084 and 1 140. Sir John tie 
Meriet, a descendant, was born in 132S, and 
ilietl in Calais, P'rance, in 1369; and his son, 
Thomas de Meriet, lived in Caen. lili de 
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of character cngciulered by the stormy period 
in which he lived. Some of his descendants 
still preserve the French form of speJlinj,^ the 
name, but it is more commonly written De- 
merit or Demcritt. 

Eli de Merit had five sons, four of whom — 
namely, Eli, John, William, and Job — mar- 
ried and had families. From them has sprung 
a race which is scattered throughout New Eng- 
land and other parts of the United States. 
One of the name and kin is the subject of the 
present sketch, John Demeritt, son of Ezra 
Edrick and Louisa (Demeritt) Demeritt, who 
traces his descent on both sides of the house 
through six generations. The paternal an- 
cestral line is as follows: first, Eli de Merit; 
second. Eli, Jr.; third, Ebenezer; fourth, 
Jonathan, who married his cousin Deborah, 
daughter of Samuel Demeritt, his father's 
brother; fifth, Ebenezer Thompson, who mar- 
ried Hannah Demeritt, daughter of Ebenezer, 
brother of Jonathan ; and si.xth, Ezra Edrick 
Demeritt. In the maternal line the second 
generation was represented by Eli de Merit's 
son John; the third by Major John, known as 
"Powder Major"; the fourth by another 
Major John; and the fifth by Hopley De- 
meritt, who married Abigail Snell, and was 
the father of Eouisa, the wife of Ezra Edrick 
Demeritt. There was a John Demeritt in the 
fifth generation in this line, Hopley's brother, 
who died a young man; and one in the si.xth, 
John \V., Hopley's son, who died in child- 
hood. 

John Demeritt, the sixth of the name, who 
is thus shown to be of the seventh generation 
from the immigrant ancestor, was born in 
Madbury, August 8, 1856, on the farm that 
was mostly acquired by his grandfather, Eben- 
ezer Thompson Demeritt. A portion of this 
land was also owned by his great-grandfather 
Jonathan, who inherited it from his father. 



Ebenezer, its possession in the family thus 
covering a period of great length. The farm 
now consists of about two hundred acres of 
land, charmingly situated at the foot of 
Moharimet's Hill, so called from an Indian 
sagamore, who made it his stronghold in the 
early part of the seventeenth century; and it 
stretches away, in beautiful and varied expanse 
of field, meadow, and pasture, to another 
wooded height known as Beech Hill, which is 
the boundary between Madbury and the ad- 
joining town of Durham. The spot where the 
present house now stands, shaded by majestic, 
wide-spreading trees, marks the site of an old 
garrison which stood as a refuge in the )5eril- 
ous times of Indian warfare, and was called 
the "Tasker garrison" from the Taskett or 
Tasker family, who were the early settlers. 

Mr. Demeritt's father, Ezra Edrick De- 
meritt, was for many years one of the promi- 
nent and influential residents of this section 
of Strafford County, being widely known in 
all the surrounding towns, and an important 
factor in the agricultural interests of Mad- 
bury, where his death occurred June 26, 
1890, at the age of sixty -five years. He was 
a firm adherent of the Republican party, and 
served in various official capacities, being a 
member of the State legislature in 1861 and 
1862, Postmaster three years, Justice of the 
Peace several terms; Selectman and Town 
Clerk twenty years, besides holding many 
offices of minor importance. He was a man 
of great political sagacity, and was well versed 
in all the impending cjuestions of national and 
local importance, being a deep reader, and 
jjossessing sound judgment and a penetrative 
mind. He married May 30, 1855, Louisa 
Maria Demeritt, who is a woman of individual 
worth and character. To them were born two 
children — John and Jennie Mabelle. The 
daughter is now a library assistant at the Bos- 



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ton Athena;uni, ami tlic mother resides at tlie 
Matlbury home. 

!\Ir. Denieritt's great-great-graiuUallier on 
tlie mat'jrnal side, Major John Dcmeritt of 
Revolutionary fame, was one of the party of 
patriotic men who went by boat from Durham 
to aid in securing the ammunition at Fort 
William and Mary in December, 1774. The 
account of the capture of the fort is too well 
known to need repetition. Certainly it was a 
brave act on the part of each man, as all im- 
perilled their lives in the attempt. It was a 
very important step, also, as seen now in the 
historic light of over one hundred years; for it 
was the first armed resistance against Great 
Britain. The throwing overboard of the tea 
in lioston Harbor and the burning of the 
"Gaspee" in Narragansett Bay were prior to 
this; but in those exploits no arms were used 
openly and in warlike manner, as was done at 
the fort. The little party from Durham re- 
turned safely with their spoils, which con- 
sisted of guns, balls, and powder, most of the 
latter being taken up the Piscataqua and 
Oyster Rivers, and secreted at first under the 
Durham meeting-house, which stood directly 
on the bank of Oyster River. Owing to the 
accessibility of the place, as the river then 
was a thoroughfare for crafts of all kinds, it 
was thought unsafe; and Major Demeritt re- 
moved it to his own premises in Madbury. 
There he had a magazine constructed, where it 
remained several months, until in that event- 
ful June, 1775, it being needed by the forces 
in Massachusetts, he took the most of it there 
himself in an o.\ cart, arriving in season for 
the battle of Bunker Hill, thus rendering an 
important service to the country at a critical 
time. Some of this ammunition has been 
preserved and passed down as a precious heir- 
loom to the present John, who has been so 
generous as to present a few balls from his 



little hoard In the NVw Hampshire Historical 
Society, anil a few to the Massachusetts His- 
torical Society, at whose rooms oi exhibition 
they may be seen. It was doubtless in recog- 
nition of his gallant services that the Fourth 
Provincial Congress at K.xeter voted, Novem- 
ber 9, 1775, "that Captain John Demeritt be 
First Major of the -Second Regiment of mili- 
tia in this colony" (New Hampshire Pro- 
vincial Papers, vol. vii. p. 655). Thirty- 
three years afterward Major Denieritt's son 
John was appointed First Major in the 
Twenty-fifth Regiment, receiving his com- 
mission from Governor John Langdon. 

The seat of the John branch of the family, 
and the place on which the powder was so 
carefully stored, is situated about one-half 
mile from the ancestral home on the paternal 
side. This land was acquired in 169S by Fli, 
and was given, as shown by his will, datetl in 
1739, to his second son, John, who was the 
father of Major John Demeritt, Sr. It is now 
in possession of three daughters of IIo|)ley 
Demeritt; namely, Louisa, Mr. John De- 
meritt's mother, and her sister P^lizaheth 
(Mrs. John C. Hanson), and Miss Abbie Jane 
Demeritt, who still reside there. For a 
period of a little over fifty years previous to 
this time, it was held by Mrs. Abigail Snell 
Demeritt, whose husband, Hopley Demeritt, 
died at an early age. She was a woman of 
rare ability and industry, and during her long 
stretch of useful years — for she reached tlie 
advanced age of ninety-one — she was nnied 
for her many good qualities of heart and mind. 
Under her skilful management the farm in- 
creased greatly in productiveness and value. 
It is an undulating tract of about two hundred 
and fifty acres of land, of great beauty anil fer- 
tility. There are broad fields, in a remote 
corner of one of which the mortal remains of 
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fiimily burial-grouml. Hills gently rise in 
every (.lirection, and the house itself stands 
on an eminence commanding an extensive 
view of all the surrounding country. A part 
of the present large mansion is the original 
house, which in external appearance, as well 
as its antique furniture, testifies of its age and 
historic worth. 

Mr. Demeritt began life with good educa- 
tional advantages, as, after leaving the district 
school in his boyhood, he was sent first to 
the academy at Norlhwood Centre, thence to 
Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., after 
which he finished his studies at New London, 
N.ll. On leaving school, Mr. Demeritt ac- 
cepted a position with the Boston & Maine 
Railroad Company, becoming station agent at 
Madbury and likewise serving in various ca- 
pacities. Here he proved himself so thor- 
oughly trustworthy and able that in iSgo he 
was promoted to the office of city passenger 
and ticket agent in Boston, where he dis- 
charged his duties with the same fidelity and 
precision that marked his previous record, 
continuing there until his resignation in 
1895, after continuous service with the com- 
pany for seventeen years. 

In politics Mr. Demeritt invariably sup- 
ports the principles of the Republican party. 
In 1887 he represented the town in the State 
legislature, where he distinguished himself in 
the memorable contest of railroad factions, by 
his faithful labor in his adopted cause. Since 
then he has attended every session of the 
legislature in the interest of railroad legisla- 
tion; and during the last session (1897) he 
filled the office of Sergeant-at-arms of the 
Senate with his usual activity, earnestness, 
and efficiency. Mr. Demeritt has always 
made the ancestral place at Madbury his home, 
anil at present he spends much of his time 
there. Standing as the only male representa- 



tive of two long lines of a race so noteworthy, 
his many friends wish him success in all 
future endeavors. 



-f^TON. WILLIAM FRANKLIN 
1-^ KNIGHT, of Laconia, Belknap 
Ji® V County, N.H., has won success in 
business, distinction in politics, and popular- 
ity in society. Son of Edwin Perry and Eliz- 
abeth W. T. (Vaughan) Knight, he was born 
on October 13, 1847, in Hanover, Grafton 
County, this State. Mr. Knight comes of 
patriotic stock, and numbers among his ances- 
tors several of the early colonists of New 
England. His great-grandfather, William 
Knight, and that gentleman's brother were 
Revolutionary soldiers, the latter receiving a 
captain's commission for conspicuous gallantry 
on the bloody field of Bennington. William 
Knight, who served throughout the Revolu- 
tion, was one of the Massachusetts contingent 
in the. Continental army. He removed from 
Worcester, Mass., to Hanover, N.H., in 
1808; and the homestead which he established 
was subsequently occuiiied by his son Will- 
iam, Jr., and his grandson, Edwin Perry, and 
was the birthplace of his great-grandson, 
William P"., the direct subject of this sketch. 
William Knight had a family of eleven chil- 
dren. 

William Knight, Jr., was born in Worces- 
ter, Mass. His active mature years were 
spent in cultivating the farm in Hanover, 
N.H. There he died January 28, i860, aged 
seventy-two. His wife. Avis Ladd, to whom 
he was married January 24, 1S15, was born in 
Haverhill, N.H. She was a descendant of 
Daniel Ladd, who came to this country in the 
"Mary and John" of London, Robert Sayers, 
master, in 1633 or 1634, and settled in Ips- 
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of land there, on which he erected a dwelling. 
He subsequently liveil for a short time in 
Salisbury; and later he was one of the first 
settlers of Pentucket, now Haverhill, Mass., 
where also he had a land grant. He was ex- 
tensively engaged in farming, and he built the 
first saw -mill in I'entiicket. In local affairs 
iic was a leader, holding many offices of trust. 
His son Daniel was killed by the Indians, 
I'^ebruary 22, 1698; and the second Daniel 
Ladtl's son, Daniel, Jr., was taken prisoner by 
the savages, and carried to Penacook, where 
he was held for several years. Soon after 
reaching Penacook he escaped, but was re- 
taken by the savages, and, bound hand and 
foot for fourteen days, was subjected to the 
most excruciating tortures, gunpowder being 
poured into his wounds. The scars of these 
wounds always remained. He finally made 
good his escape, and returned to Haverhill. 
His son John was Mrs. Avis Ladd Knight's 
father. Mrs. Knight died March 26, 1856, 
aged sixty-eight. She was the mother of three 
children — -Edwin Perry, John, and Francis, 
all now deceased. 

Pldwin Perry Knight was born in Hanover, 
August 15, 1816. Thinking to qualify for 
the profession of medicine, he studied at Nor- 
wich University, but changeil his plans, and 
turned his attention to farming and stock- 
raising. He owned some three hundred acres 
of land, and was very successful in his chosen 
pursuit. He was a Democrat, and a strong 
sup[)orter of Buchanan anil Breckenridge. He 
died October 22, 1857. On April 17, 1845, 
Mr. Pldwin P. Knight was married to Eliza- 
beth W. T. Vaughan, daughter of Silas T. 
and Polly (Ingalls) Vaughan. She was born 
in Hanover, September 27, 1825. 

The Vaughan and Ingalls families figured 
conspicuously in Colonial times. To Will- 
iam Vaughan, of Portsmouth, N.H., son of 



Lieutenant Governor George Vaughan, history 
gives much credit for the capture of Louis- 
burg in 1745, as it was at his suggestion that 
the enterprise was undertaken. Captain Jabez 
Vaughan, who is thought to have been a con- 
nection of the Portsmouth Vaughans, and who 
was born, it is said, in Middlebury, Mass., in 
October, 1763, rendered long and valued ser- 
vice to his country at the time of the Revolu- 
tionary War. He died in June, 1S13. His 
son, Silas T., William F. Knight's grand- 
father, was born August 28, 1797, ;ind died 
April 20, 1862; and Polly Ingalls, who be- 
came the wife of Silas T. Vaughan, was born 
April 8, 1797. The Ingalls family are a 
scholarly and refined race. In the history of 
Lynn, Mass., we find that the first known 
white settlers there were Edmund Ingalls and 
his brother Francis, who came from Lincoln- 
shire, tlngland, to Lynn in 1629. The tle- 
scendants in the direct line to and includinjr 
the grandmother of the subject of our sketch 
were: Edmund; Henry, born in 1656; Henry, 
born 1697; Joseph, born 1723; Luther, born 
1758; Polly Ingalls, born 1797. Mrs. KUz- 
abeth W. T. Vaughan Knight died May 
4, 1872, aged forty-six years. She was the 
mother of five children : P^dwin I^". (deceased); 
William Franklin, the subject of this sketch; 
Charles E. (deceased), who owned an extensive 
sheep ranch in Kansas, and was ticket agent 
for the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad 
at Moberly, Mo. ; Emma E. ; and Myra V. 

William Franklin KniglU was educated in 
the common schools of Hanover and at West 
Randolph Academy. In June, 1S64, he en- 
tered the employ of Parker Brothers, of La- 
conia, general grocers, as clerk; and in 1867 
he was practically in control of the business. 
He eventually bought out the original firm, 
and in company with Mrs. Hull, under the 
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a flourishing trade for ten years. The follow- 
in-; ten years he was sole proprietor, and then 
Mr. George Tetreaii became his associate, the 
tirm name becoming W. V. Knight & Tetreau. 
Mr. Tetreau was succeeded by Mr. Huntress; 
and the style was changed to Knight & 
Huntress, the present firm. In addition to 
his dry-goods business, Mr. Knight in 1S73 
was a member of the furniture house of 
Mansur & Knight, which in 1S87 became 
Knight & Robinson. He is a Trustee of the 
Belknap Savings Bank, a Director in the La- 
conia National Bank, and a Director in the 
Laconia liuilding and Loan Association. He 
is a member of the local Board of Trade, and 
has been Secretary and Treasurer of the Board 
of Trustees of the Laconia Public Library 
some thirteen years. 

Mr. Knight was married in 1872 to Fannie 
l-:. , daughter of James Taylor, of Franklin, 
N.H. Though the Knights were loyal for 
generations to Democratic traditions, the Civil 
War and its attendant circumstances caused a 
change in the sentiments of the family; and 
William V. Knight has been a stanch Repub- 
lican since he was qualified to vote, casting 
his first Presidential ballot for Ulysses S. 
Grant in 1868. He was elected Town Clerk 
of Laconia in 1875, and served two years; is 
now Chairman of the Republican City Com- 
mittee; was elected County Treasurer in 
1883, and re-elected in 1885; was in the State 
legislature in 1889, serving on the Railroad 
Committee and Committee on National 
Affairs; was elected State Senator from Dis- 
trict No. 6 in 1894, for the term of two years; 
was a member of the Committees on Finance, 
Military Affairs, and Insane Asylum; and in 
1896 he was appointed Quartermaster-general 
on the staff of Governor C. A. Busiel. At 
the time of his nomination for the State 
Senate the Boston Journal said of him, "Mr. 



Knight is a .straight, clean fellow in every re- 
spect and exceedingly popular as a citizen.'' 

A thirty-second degree Mason, he is a mem- 
ber of Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, F. & 
A. M.; Union R. A. Chapter, No. 7; 
Pythagorean Council, No. 6, R. and S. M. ; 
Pilgrim Ct)mmandery, K. T. ; the Scottish 
Rite bodies at Concord; and the Consistory at 
Nashua. He has filled all the chairs in Chap- 
ter and Council and Grand Chapter, and is at 
present Grand High Priest of the last-named 
body. An attendant at the Unitarian church, 
he has held various positions, and is at this 
time President of the Society. 



^EHEMIAH CAVERLY TWOMBLY, 
M.D. , a prominent New Hampshire 

^ X^ physician, residing at Centre Straf- 
ford, was born near the academy in Strafford, 
February 26, 1835, son of Silas and Sally 
(Caverly) Twombly. The men of his family 
have been identified with the history and de- 
velopment of the town almost since its settle- 
ment. His early ancestor, Ralph Twombly, 
from whom he is the seventh in lineal descent, 
had land laid out in 1656, and was taxed that 
year at Cocheco (Dover), N.H. From the 
contents of his will, dated February 28, 1684, 
which is still in existence, it is seen that he 
must have been a very prosperous farmer. He 
names separately each of his children, as fol- 
lows — John, Ralph, Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth, 
Hope, Sarah, Esther, and William — and be- 
queaths to them and his wife, Elizabeth, the 
bulk of his property. 

The second Ralph Twombly had a son Will- 
iam, who settled in Madbury, N.H., and be- 
came the father of four sons. Moses, the eld- 
est, married Sarah Wentworth, a descendant 
of Governor Benning Wentworth. Moses 
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Doctor. Samuel Tvvombly was born in 1766, 
and became a well-known farmer and basket- 
maker of Strafford. He married Olive 
Ihnitres.s, ant! by this union had eleven chil- 
ilren, of whom the following is a brief men- 
tion: Hannah married James Roe; Silas was 
tiie father of Dr. Twombly; William married 
Ik'tsy Rollins, and settled in Gilmanton; 
Deborah became Mrs. Nicholas Evans, of 
Holderness; Samuel, a stone mason, married 
Susan Durgin, and settled in New Market, 
N.H., ant! has two grandchildren, one, Belle 
Bryant, a remarkable organist, the other, 
Virginia, noted as an elocutionist; Enoch, the 
sixth child, married Lucretia Daniels; Moses 
married a Miss Parker, of Holderness, and 
settled in Maine; Daniel, born July 25, 181 1, 
married Miss Julia Reed, of New Bedford, 
Mass., and has two children — -Maria and 
Daniel; John married Sarah I5erry, and set- 
tled in Maine; Smith died in Charleston, 
S.C. ; and the eleventh child, Mesheck, lived 
and died in Lowell, Mass. Andrew J. was a 
child by a second marriage. 

Silas Twombly was born in old Barrington 
(now Strafford), December 22, 1798. When 
a lad he worked for a time in Charlestown, 
Mass. ; and later, returning to his native town, 
he became a farmer and cattle raiser. He was 
an industrious man, universally esteemed, and 
dying left an honorable name to his descend- 
ants. His wife, Sally Caverly, was a de- 
scendant of Governor Benning Wentworth. 
The seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Silas 
Twombly were: John, Hazen, Harrison, Silas, 
Sally A., Nehemiab, and Viany, of whom 
John, Hazen, Silas, Sally A., and Viany are 
now deceased. John Twombly, born Decem- 
ber 22, 1822, was a prominent lawyer and 
citizen of ^Mamaroneck, N.Y., and a member 
of the New York legislature; Harrison, born 
September 25, 1826, married Harriet A. 



Caverly, and has one child, Charles H., who 
has been Treasurer of Strafford since 1895, 
and who married Ada Moody, and has one 
child, Charles Whiler; Silas married Ann 
M. Twombly, and had one child, Roxanna, 
now Mrs. William Shepard. 

Nehemiah C. Twombly passed his boyhood 
on his father's farm, and attended the [lubiic 
schools of the town. Later he was sent to 
what is now Austin Academy, where he 
studied diligently, and exhibited an unusual 
aptitude for learning. He was afterward ap- 
pointed master for the winter terms in the 
schools of Strafford and Barrington. While 
teaching he made quite a rejjutation for him- 
self; and, had he chosen to remain in the jjro- 
fession, there is no doubt that he would now 
have been one of the leading educators of the 
country. In 1861 he began the study of med- 
icine with Dr. Charles Palmer, of Strafford, 
and for fifteen years, as he had opjiortunity, 
was a close student. In 1875 he was enabled 
to enter the University of Vermont at Burling- 
ton, where he was graduated the following 
year, carrying off the highest honors in his 
class. The persistency with which he clung 
to his resolution to prepare himself for the 
practice of medicine, and the patience he dis- 
played in waiting so many years before cir- 
cumstances enabled him to secure his diploma, 
merited all the success he has since obtained. 
An example of such tenacity of purpose in a 
good cause is stimulating and gratifying in 
these modern days of rush and hurry. By 
means of his personality and by his great skill 
in his profession Dr. Twombly has built up 
an extensive practice, and has made a name 
and fame for himself, not only in his native 
town and county, but throughout the whole 
State. He is recognized by the medical pro- 
fession as one of the leatling physicians in 
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He is a member of Strafford District Medi- 
cal Society, aiui has been a member of the 
State Pharmaceutical Association since lS/Q. 
lie holds a State certificate, which gives him 
the authority to open a drug store anywhere in 
Xcw Hampshire. 

Dr. Twombly owns and cultivates Hillside 
Farm, an estate of eighty acres, and has been 
much interested in the work of the various 
agricultural societies. He is Master of Bow 
I,ake Grange, No. 80. and a member of Eastern 
New Hampshire Pomona Grange, No. 2, and 
of the State grange. His extensive knowl- 
edge of the natural sciences and his well- 
known ability on the platform have led to his 
often being asked to lecture before these 
bodies on chemistry, botany, and kindred sub- 
jects. He is a very pleasing speaker, and his 
addresses are always listened to with marked 
attention. 

Dr. Twombly has held a commission as 
Justice of the Peace and Quorum throughout 
the State since his twenty-first year, and in 
that capacity has done a large amount of pro- 
bate business, although he has eschewed trial 
cases. He also has settled many pension 
claims, and there are many veterans who have 
reason to be grateful to him for having been 
the means of securing them an income. 

Politically, Dr. Twombly has always been 
more or less of an Independent. He believes 
in using his influence on the side of justice 
rather than in giving blind adherence to party 
jjlatforms. In 1S65 he was chosen to repre- 
sent the town in the legislature, and while 
there was a member of several committees. 
He has refused to accept the nomination for 
Town Treasurer, but has served for a number 
of years on the School Board, and has always 
been greatly interested in all educational 
movements. Of a vital, sanguine tempera- 
ment, possessing keen powers of analysis and 



fine command of language. Dr. Twombly is 
active and energetic in the advocacy of any 
movement which he deems to be for the wel- 
fare and improvement of society. His lect- 
ures cover a wide range of subjects, embrac- 
ing politics, science, and religion. He is a 
facile writer, and has made a large number of 
contributions to the press. He has been for 
years a prominent supporter of Christianity 
as represented by the Second Adventist de- 
nomination, with which he is connected; and 
he never hesitates to express his religious 
views unequivocally, mindful of the apostolic 
injunction to give a reason for the hope that 
is in him. He is a member of Bow Lake 
Y. P. S. C. E. 




APTAIN STEPHEN S. AVER, an 



enterprising farmer of Lakeport, Bel- 
knap County, was born in Gilford, 
this county, P'ebruary 5, 182S, son of Thomas 
and Sally (Gale) Ayer. His paternal grand- 
father, "Winthrop Ayer, was a highly respected 
resident of Barnstead, this county. Thomas 
Ayer, in his early manhood, came from Barn- 
stead to Gilford, and there afterward worked at 
the trade of ship-carpenter. His wife, Sally, 
who was born in Gilmanton, November 17, 
1789, became the mother of four children, of 
whom Stephen S. is the only survivor. 
Thomas Ayer died in 1S56, at the age of 
sixty-five, while his wife lived until 1883, 
when she passed away in the ninety-fifth year 
of her age. 

Stephen S. Ayer received his education in 
the common school and at the Gilford and 
Wolfboro Academies, being obliged to alter- 
nate study with work to pay his expenses. 
Thereafter he taught school in his native 
town for twelve terms, and for one term in 
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working at the trade of carpenter for some 
time, he came to Weirs. Here, on a farm of 
eighty acres, he has since been engaged in 
stock-raising and general farming. From the 
time he first voted until 1S64 he was a Demo- 
crat, but since that time he has affiliated with 
the Republican party. In Gilford he has been 
officially prominent He was its Collector in 
1864 and 1865. Beginning in 1868, he was 
Selectman for four consecutive years. In 
1S71-72 he was its legislative Representa- 
tive, serving on the Committee of Agriculture 
and on the Board of I-lqualization. From 
1870 to 1879 he served it as Treasurer. In 
1880 he was Census-taker for twelve outlying 
districts. In 1S82 he was again elected Col- 
lector. He served again as Selectman from 
1883 to 1886 inclusive, and he was again ap- 
pointed Collector in 1889, and next year was 
once more the Census-taker. In 1889, 1890, 
and 1 89 1, he served on the Gilford School 
Board, and in 1894 he was appointed Assessor 
of Laconia, being reappointed in March, iSg6, 
for three years. He has also settled several 
estates. 

On July 10, 1851, Captain Ayer was mar- 
ried to Mary E., a daughter of Jacob Rowel 1, 
of Gilford. They have had four chilch'cn, 
three of whom are living. These are: Mrs. 
R. B. Priest, of Lakeport, whose husband has 
been foreman in B. J. Cole's machine shop for 
several years; Mrs. Walter F. Thompson, 
whose husband is a member of the firm, Plum- 
mcr & Thompson, druggists of Lakeport; and 
George R. Ayer, who resides with his parents. 
Mr. Ayer and family live on the old Rowell 
homestead. He is a member of Chocorua 
Lodge, No. 51, I. O. O. F., of Lakeport, 
which he joined in 1870. From the time he 
was seventeen years of age until the old mili- 
tia law was abolished, he was a member of the 
Gilford Rifle Company, serving as Sergeant 



and Captain. He is in communion witli Ihc 
Free Baptist church. 



UVVIN COX, Chairman of the Board of 
.Selectmen of Meredith, and an e.\- 
mcmbcrof the New Hampshire legis- 
lature, was born in Holderncss, N.H., Au- 
gust 13, 1844, son of Andrew Smith and Mary 
(Cummings') Cox. His grandfather was Jona- 
than Cox, who followed agricultural [lursuits 
in Holderness tluring the active jicriod of his 
life. Andrew .Smith Cox, born in Holder- 
ness, was reared to farm life, and afterward 
tilled the soil with iirt)fit until his death, 
which occurred in 1851. His wife, Mary, 
was a daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Craw- 
ford) Cummings. The former, wiio prosper- 
ously followed farming in New Hampton, 
N.H., was accidentally killed in the jirime of 
life by an infuriated bull. Mr. and Mrs. An- 
drew S. Cox were the parents of five children, 
four of whom reached maturity, namely: 
George and Albert, who are no longer living; 
Clara, who is the wife of George H. Gay, of 
Boston; and lulwin, the subject of this 
sketch. 

Edwin Cox, after the death of his father, 
was seven years old when he came with his 
mother to this town. He began his education 
in the district schools, and later attended a 
private school. When ready to begin life for 
himself he worked in a hosiery-mill for a 
time, ami then entered the employ of Daniel 
S. Bedee in the livery and express business. 
In 1867, after the death of Mr. jkdee, he was 
appointed local agent of Cheney & Co. 's I^x- 
press, and is now acting in that caj)acity for 
their successors, the American I'^xpress Com- 
pany. He also carries on a profitable livery 
business, keeping an average of ten good driv- 
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the result of his genial manners, and his read- 
iness to accommodate his neighbors and fel- 
low-townsmen upon all occasions to the extent 
of his ability. In politics he is a Democrat, 
and his connection with the public affairs of 
Meredith has been of a nature to receive the 
hearty commendation of the entire community. 
For twenty years he has served as Moderator 
at town meetings. While representing the 
town in the legislature he was a member of 
the Committee on Corporations. He has been 
a member of the Board of Selectmen for the 
past seven years, and is now in his fourth year 
as Chairman of that body. On December 7, 
18^)7, Mr. Co.x married Arzelia J. Pease, 
daughter of Simeon D. and Betsey (Batch- 
elder) Pease, of Meredith. Mr. and Mrs. 
Co.\ have one son, Clarence Edwin, who grad- 
uated at the New Hampton Institute, and is 
now in business with his father. Mr. Cox 
was made a Mason in Chocorua Lodge, No. 
83. He has been a Good Templar for thirty 
years, and has several times filled the chief 
Templars' chairs in Waukewan Lodge. Mrs. 
Cox is a member of the Congregational 
church, and Mr. Cox attends religious worship 
there. 




^AMUEL H. BELL, the pleasant 
and accommodating ticket agent at 
the Boston & Maine Railway sta- 
tion in Dover, was born April 11, 1S64, in 
Springfield, Lot No. 67, Prince Edward 
Island, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Hard- 
ing) Bell. Both ])arents are also natives of 
Prince Edward Island. When Samuel H. 
was fourteen years old, they moved to Mount 
Pleasant, Lot No. 13, where they still reside. 
The father follows tbe callings of blacksmith 
and farmer. 

Samuel H. Bell remained on his native 
island, attending the public schools and as- 



sisting his father in the forge or on the farm 
until he was twenty years old. Then, believ- 
ing that better opportunities for advancement 
were to be found in the States, he came to 
New lingland, and for two years was employed 
at an undertaking establishment in West New- 
ton, Mass. Here he served as a hack driver, 
and assisted in the general work. He next 
obtained a situation with the West End Street 
Railway Company of Boston, being stationed 
at Maiden, Mass., for a while. Going then 
to Lowell Junction, Mass., he spent four 
months in learning telegraphy, after which 
he was assistant station agent at Cliftondale, 
Mass., for a year. He was subsequently 
located for a few weeks at Windham Junction, 
N.H., as spare operator and relieving agent, 
going thence to Salmon Falls, this county, 
where he remained four years. At Salmon 
Falls he was night operator at the station for 
the first five weeks, and for the residue of the 
time he was general utility man, serving as 
day operator, baggage master, and an assistant 
to the agent in general office work, proving 
himself faithful and efficient in every capac- 
ity. In April, 1893, the company, appreciat- 
ing his ability and trustworthiness, promoted 
him to his present responsible position, in 
which he is giving general satisfaction. 

Mr. Bell was married June 5, 1894, to Miss 
Hattie E. , daughter of William and Abbie 
(Rolfe) Davis, of Salmon Falls. Having 
become a naturalized citizen in due time after 
coming to Dover, he is identified with the 
Republican party. A Mason of the thirty- 
second degree and the Scottish Rite, he be- 
longs to Strafford Lodge, No. 29, Belknap 
Chapter, Orphan Council, and the command- 
ery of Knights Templar. Both he and Mrs. 
Bell are active workers in the Episcopal 
church, of which Mrs. Bell is a member. Mr. 
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(Irod and seventy acres in Prince lulwarci 
Island. Of strictly temperate habits, of good 
moral principles, he is held in high considera- 
tion throughout the community, where he has 
a large circle of warm friends. 




ILLIAM S. STEVENS, late an es- 
fs\l teemed resident of Dover, Strafford 
County, N.H., of which city he 
was formerly Mayor, was born June 21, 1816, 
in Canterbury, Merrimack County, this State. 
His father, Kdinuntl Stevens, a farmer by oc- 
cupation, married Betsey Shepherd, who bore 
him two children. 

William S- Stevens was reared on the home 
farm, and acquired the rudiments of his educa- 
tion in the common schools of his district. 
At the age of fourteen years he became clerk 
in the village store, where he remained long 
enough to acquire some practical knowledge 
of business. His ne.xt experience was as a 
student in the Pembroke and Gilmanton Acad- 
emies successively, one year being spent by 
him in each. He intended to further pursue 
his studies at the New Hampton Literary In- 
stitution, going there for that purpose, but 
being offered the position of teacher in one of 
the Kingston schools he accepted it, and 
taught for a year. Returning then to the pa- 
rental homestead, Mr. Stevens stayed there but 
a short time before he obtained a situation as 
travelling salesman for the Platform Scale 
Company, in which he bought an interest the 
succeeding year, and continued travelling for 
the firm five years longer. Locating then in 
Milton, N. H., Mr. Stevens purchased a saw- 
mill, and was there engaged in the manufact- 
ure of lumber for three years. Going thence 
to Ossipee Centre, Carroll County, he was es- 
tablished in that town in the mercantile busi- 
ness some ten years, coming from there to 



Dover in 1S47. After carrying on a success- 
ful wholesale trade in groceries for three 
years, he, in company with J?enjamin Wig- 
gins, bought the Dover Glue Works, which lie 
owned at the time of his death. After tlie 
death of his partner, Mr. Stevens continued 
the business under the firm name of Wiggins 
& Stevens for many years. In 1S52 this en- 
terprising firm enlarged their operations, add- 
ing to their former manufactures that of sand, 
emery, and flint paper, and garnet cloth. Si.\ 
years later this addition to their plant was 
burned, and it has never been rebuilt, although 
the manufacture of glue was later continued. 
Soon after the fire Mr. Stevens purchased a 
factory in Maiden, Mass., where, under the 
personal supervision of his son, I^'verett J. 
Stevens, he carried on an extensive and lucra- 
tive manufacturing business. He passed away 
at his home, 713 Central Avenue, April 15, 
1897, aged eighty years, nine months, and 
twenty-five days. 

In politics Mr. Stevens was an ardent su])- 
porter of the principles of the Republican 
party, and served his fellow-citizens with 
fidelity and eflficiency in important positions, 
having been a member of the State legislature 
eight years, and Chief Magistrate of the City 
of Dover three years, being elected to the latter 
ofifice in 1S70, and twice re-elected, .serving 
until 1S73. For many years he was inti- 
mately associated with the financial interests 
of this part of the county, being ex-Vice-Pres- 
ident of the South Dover Savings Bank, and 
for a quarter of a century having been Presi- 
dent of the Strafford National Bank, of which 
he had previously been a Director for a num- 
ber of years. Starting in life with no special 
advantages, save those accorded to every 
farmer's boy, Mr. Stevens met with success in 
each and all of his undertakings, his energy, 
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him steadily onward and upward along life's 
]>atiuvay. Of a genial and i<indly nature, he 
was a friend alike to rich and poor, and, 
though not connected by membership with any 
religious organization, was a liberal supporter 
of churches. For forty-five years he occupied 
his beautiful residence wherein he hospitably 
entertained his many friends and acquaint- 
ances. 

Mr. Stevens was first married November 13, 
1839, to Mi.ss Mary Jewett, daughter of Na- 
thaniel Jewett. The only child born of that 
union was a son, Everett J., who has charge 
of the factory at Maiden, Mass., and is one 
of the prominent business men of that busy 
city, of which he is ex-Mayor. After the 
death of his first wife, Mr. Stevens married 
Sarah Varney Bangs, of Dover, their union 
being solemnized on May 7, 1851. Four chil- 
dren were born of this marriage; namely, 
.Mary E. , Carrie L., Eliza, and Annie H. (de- 
ceased). Mr. Stevens's third wife, Sarah F. 
Chesley, whom he married in Dover on Febru- 
ary 2, 1879, died without issue. Mr. Stevens 
was a Director of the Boston & Maine Rail- 
road until his resignation some five years ago, 
making twenty years of consecutive service. 




'ON. WILLIAM A. PLUMMER, of 
Laconia, N.H., is a prominent mem- 
ber of the Belknap County bar and 
a very popular sound money Democrat. He 
was born in Gilmanton, this county, December 
2, 1865, a son of Charles E. and Mary 
(Moody) Plummer. His family springs from 
the Plummers of Newburyport, Mass., who 
trace their origin to an early settler of that 
name there (1635). Governor Plumer, of 
New Hampshire, was of the same stock. 
Joseph Pliunmer, father of Charles K. Plum- 
mer, was born in Gilmanton, N.H., and was 



for a number of years engaged in farming in 
that town. He died at the age of forty-five. 
His wife, who was Sally Lamprey, of Gilman- 
ton, lived to be seventy years old; and her 
mother lived to see five generations of the 
family. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Plummer had a 
family of si.x children, four of whom are liv- 
ing, namely: Charles tl , the Ilfju. William 
A. Plummcr's father; Ann E. , who married a 
Mr. Ayers, of Maine; Mary K., wife of Henry 
E. Marsh, of Gilmanton; and Laura, wife of 
J. H. Drew, of Gilmanton. 

Charles E. Plummer was born in Gilmanton 
si.xty-five years ago, and still resides there. 
A large land-owner, his property covering one 
thousand acres, he is extensively interested in 
farming, stock-raising, and lumbering. He 
has taken a prominent part in the councils of 
the Democratic party, and has been nominated 
for Representative to the State legislature. 
His wife, who is a daughter of Stephen 
Moody, a resident of the part of Gilmanton 
now known as Belmont, is sixty-six years old. 
The following children have blessed their 
union: Etta J., who died in P'ebruary, 1896, 
aged forty-one, wife of Edwin N. Sanborn, of 
Laconia; Carrie E., wife of Frank H. Fur- 
ber, of Alton, N.H.; and William A. 

William A. Plummer was graduated at Gil- 
manton Academy in June, 1884, and entered 
Dartmouth College the following autumn. 
Being in poor health, however, he followed his 
physician's advice, and left his books for a 
while. On January 3, 1886, he entered the 
law office of J. C. Story at Plymouth, N.H., 
with whom he remained until the summer of 
1886. On September 13, 1S86, he began to 
teach school at Canaan, N. H., taking charge 
of the higher grade; and for one term he had 
oversight of all the schools in the village. 
As a teacher he was very successful and ]3opu- 
lar. Subsequently, being requested to take 




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charge of a private schnnl, he consented; and 
in the mean time he was diligently pursuing 
his law studies. He read law with G. W. 
Murray, Esq., until July, 1887. He then 
entered Hoston University Law School, where 
he was graduated in June, 1889; an<l while a 
student there he gained a practical insight 
into legal work in the office of C. T. & T. H. 
Russell, of Boston. Passing the requisite 
examination, he was admitted to the New 
Hampshire bar, July 26, 1889; and on Scji- 
tember 2, 1889, he became the partner of the 
Hon. S. S. Jewett. The firm of Jewett & 
I'lummer has an extensive business, and has 
gained much prestige from the ability of both 
members of the firm. 

Mr. I'lummer was in the legislature in 1S93, 
presiding as Chairman of the Belknap County 
delegation, and had much to do with obtaining 
the vote to build the new court-house in 
Laconia; and it was he who introduced and 
obtained the passage of the bill empowering 
the county to bond the indebtedness. He was 
later Chairman of the Court-house Building 
Committee. While in the House of Repre- 
sentatives he was a member and Secretary of 
the Judicial Committee; a member of the 
Committee on I{ducation; and he was on the 
Committee on the Roll of the House during 
his service there the year the Laconia city 
charter was adopted. He was the first Moder- 
ator for Ward Four in the city of Laconia, 
was nominated from Ward Four for the Coun- 
cil in 1S91, and again later; and though he 
was defeated he ran far ahead of his ticket. 
In the spring of 1895 he was nominated for 
Mayor. At the previous election the Demo- 
cratic candidate for the mayoralty was defeated 
by a majority of between five and six Inindrcd. 
Mr. I'lummer was defeated by only forty-five 
votes. He was again nominated in the spring 
of 1896. In 1893 he was elected to the La- 



conia School Board, and in 1895 he was re- 
elected for three years. In 1896 he went as 
delegate to the Chicago Convention that nomi- 
nated the Democratic candidate for President, 
and he is at present a member f)f the .Sound 
Money State Committee. In March, 1S97, he 
was elected a Trustee of the City .Savings 
Bank of Laconia, N. H.; and on April 5, 
1897, he was elected a Director of the Laconia 
National Bank. 

On January i, 1890, Mr. I'lummer was 
united in marriage with Lllen F. Murray, of 
Canaan, N.H., daughter of George W. Murray. 
They have one boy, Wayne M., born March 
2[, 1891. In fraternal organizations Mr. 
I'lummer is active and jirominent. He has 
been for two years Master of Mount Lebanon 
Lodge, No. 32, F. & A. M. ; belongs also to 
Union Chapter, R. A. M., No. 7; and is one 
of the Stewards of Pilgrim Commandery, 
Knights Templar. He is also a member of 
the Ancient Order of United Workmen. In 
religious belief he is a Congregational ist. 




lAH B. SULLIVAN, M.D., a 
]irominent member of the medical 
"raternity of Strafford County, 
has been in active practice in Dover since 
1 88 1, and has won for himself a wide and 
favorable reputation throughout this vicinity. 
He was born at Winthrop, Kennebec County, 
Maine, May 29, 1857, a son of Jeremiah and 
Rebecca Gillman Sullivan. Having com- 
pleted his studies at the public schools of his 
native town, he entered the Towle Academy, 
from which he was graduated with the class of 
1872. During the succeeding year he re- 
mained in Winthrop, where he was emplo_\'ed 
as a clerk in a drug store. Going thence to 
Portland, he sjient two years as a clerk in the 
(h'ug store of Hinds & Co., and was afterwaid 



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locateil in Lcwiston, Mc, three years, part of 
the time as a clerk, and the remainder in con- 
(hicting a prescription drug store on his own 
account. He then entered the office of Dr. 
J. A. Donovan, of Lewiston, with whom he 
read medicine, at the same time attending 
lectures at the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of New York City. After three years 
of faithful study he received his diploma in 
iSSi. Returning to Lewiston, Dr. Sullivan 
began the practice of his profession in com- 
pany with his former teacher. Dr. Donovan, 
continuing with him until June, when he lo- 
cated in Dover. Mere the doctor has met 
with eminent success as a practitioner, and is 
now recognized as one of the leading physi- 
cians of the city. 

Politically, Dr. Sullivan is .a firm Demo- 
crat, and one of the leading members of his 
party. In 1886 he was a candidate for mem- 
bership in the council of Governor Sawyer, 
but was honorably defeated, the county being 
a Republican stronghold. Two years later he 
was nominated for State Senator from Dis- 
trict Number Twenty-Three, and was elected 
by a majority of three hundred and ninety- 
one, having been the first Democrat to receive 
election from this district. Socially, the 
doctor is a member of Elks Lodge, and has 
been District Deputy of the State of New 
Hampshire. He is a prominent member of 
the Catholic church. 




(HARLES E. WALKER, proprietor 
of one of the first settled farms in 
Rarnstead, Belknap County, and an 
ex-member of the New Hampshire legislature, 
was born where he now resides, June 7, 1839, 
.son of John aAd Betsey (Bunker) Walker. 

The Walker homestead, which has been 
owned by representatives of the family for four 



generations, was cleared and improved by 
"Sir" William Walker, great-grandfather of 
the subject of this sketch. Sir William, who 
was born in Portsmouth, N. PL , in 1759, came 
from that place to l^arnstead about 1804 or 
1S05, when this section was mostly a wilder- 
ness. He made his first trip on horseback, 
accompanied by his son William, and after 
selecting a tract of one hundred acres, he 
brought his family and resided here during the 
rest of his life. Plis wife lived to be over 
ninety years old. P'or some time the Walkers 
were the only white inhabitants in this 
vicinity. 

William Walker, Jr., son of "Sir" Will- 
iam, and grandfather cf Charles E., was born 
in Portsmouth, N. H., in 1786. He assisted 
his father in clearing the farm, and, finally 
inheriting the property, diligently engaged in 
tilling the soil during the active period of his 
life. P'or many years a Justice of the Peace, 
he transacted a great deal of legal business. 
He was one of the most prominent and able 
citizens "of the town in his day; in politics he 
supported the Democratic party. He died at 
the age of sixty years. By his wife, whose 
maiden name was Betsy Dow, he had four 
children — John, Seth, Ann E., and Abby. 
Seth, known as Captain Seth Walker, was 
born in Barnstead in 181 5. He married 
Hannah York, and settled in North Barnstead, 
but died at the early age of twenty-eight years, 
leaving no children. Ann E. , born in Barn- 
stead in 1824, married Daniel F. Davis, and 
died P"ebruary 23, 1849. She had no chil- 
dren. Abby, born in Barnstead, November 2, 
1826, married John K. Davis. They reside 
in North Barnstead, and have a family of four 
children — Ann E., Seth \Y., Arthur I{. , and 
Coran H. 

John Walker, father of the subject of this 
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lie received a common-school education, and 
taught several winter terms of school in Barn- 
stead. For a number of years he was em- 
ployed at the lead works in Salem, Mass., but 
eventually he returned to the homestead and 
cared for his parents during their declining 
years. He improved the farm by selling off 
some of the land and buying ailjoining prop- 
erty that was more desirable, and his manage- 
ment of the place was attended with prosfjer- 
ous results. In politics he was a Democrat, 
and he held at different times all the offices 
that could be bestowed upon him in the town. 
While representing Barnstead in the legisla- 
ture, he was instrumental in securing the ap- 
jjointment of Squire S. G. Berry as Warden of 
the State Prison. In early life he belonged to 
a military company in this town and was ap- 
pointed Major, by which title he was gener- 
ally known, his brother Seth being Captain of 
the same company. 

Major John Walker served as a Selectman 
during the e.xciting time of the Civil War, and 
had charge of supplying the town's quota of 
soldiers. In 1S69 he was elected County 
Commissioner for three years, being Chair- 
man of the Board the third year. He was a 
man of deeds rather than of words, and he was 
called to public service solely because of his 
ability, never having sought for political 
honors. In his religious opinions and mode 
of worship be was a Congregational ist. His 
wife Betsey was a daughter of Joseph Bunker, 
of Barnstead. She became the mother of four 
children; namely, Mary A., Nancy J., 
Charles I{. , and Sarah E. Mary A., born 
May 12, 1834, married James N. Morrison, of 
South Alton, N. H. She died May 4, 1S93, 
leaving two sons: George W., who resides in 
Cambridge, Mass.; and Charles H., who is a 
resident of Barnstead. Nancy J., born July 
25. 1S37, married David II. Morrison, of 



South Alton, a brother of James N. They 
have four children : Harry; Hattie S. ; David 
A., who lives in Cambridge, Mass. ; and John 
W. Sarah E., born September 7, 1841, for- 
merly taught school, but is now a dressmaker 
in Dover, N. H. She is unmarried. Mr. and 
Mrs. John Walker were stricken with pneu- 
monia in 1892, and l)oth died the same day. 

Charles K. Walker was educated in the 
district schools and at the New London Acad- 
emy. After teaching one term of school, he 
went to New Market, N. H., where he was em- 
ployed as a clerk in a store for a year. He 
then engaged in trade upon his own account at 
North Barnstead, and continued in business 
there for five years. Then selling his store, 
he entered the employ of James S. Norris & 
Crockett, bakers and confectioners of Concord, 
and was in charge of a wholesale team for the 
succeeding ten years. Although his oppor- 
tunities for a successful business career were 
very promising, he considered that his duty to 
his aged parents was paramount to his own per- 
sonal interests, and he returned to the home- 
stead in order to care for them in their declin- 
ing years. He managed the farm of one hun- 
dred and forty acres for several years previous 
to their death, and, subsequently inheriting it, 
has continued to carry it on chiefly thmugh a 
feeling of love for the old homestead. Mr. 
Walker was for several years a Director of the 
Alton Five Cent Savings Bank, and its Presi- 
dent during the last four years of its existence. 
He succeeded his father as Director, the latter 
having held that jiosition from the organiza- 
tion of the bank until increasing infirmities 
caused him to resign. 

Mr. Charles li. Walker and Jane Titcondi, 
of East Kingston, N.H., daughter of Charles 
and Sarah Titcomb, were married July 29, 
1866. They have one daughter, Lizzie K., 
born September 10, 1869, who was educated 



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in the district schools and Kingston Academy, 
and is now residing at home. 

rditically, Mr. Walker is a Democrat. He 
was elected Town Clerk at the age of twenty- 
two, and served three years. He was a mem- 
i)er of the Board of Selectmen in 1867 and 
i.SrjS, was elected a member of the legislature 
in 1 88 1, and served upon the Committee on 
Claims during the first biennial .session. He 
was a member and Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen in 1892, 1893, and 1894, and for 
the past ten years has been Justice of the 
Peace. He was chosen Collector of Taxes 
in March, 1886, and filled that office for six 
years in succession, or until elected Chairman 
of the Board of Selectmen in March, 1892. 
Mr. Walker has likewise held the offices of 
secretary and treasurer of the Barnstead Mu- 
tual I-'ire Insurance Company since 1890. 



OllN SCALES, A.B., A.M., of Dover, 
N. H., is one of the Dartmouth Col- 
lege men who have made their mark in 
newspaper life. He was born in Nottingham, 
Rockingham County, this State, October 6, 
1835, son of Samuel and Betsey (True) Scales. 
His ancestry on both sides dates back to the 
early days of New England. On the paternal 
side he is descended from William Scales, an 
I'-nglishman, who located in .Salem, Mass., 
in 1636, and later moved to the neighboring 
town of Rowley. William's grandsons, Will- 
iam and Matthew, settled in the part of Yar- 
mouth, Me., now the city of Portland, about 
1712; and in 1725 both were killed there by 
the Indians. Abraham Scales was fourth in 
descent from the first William. He pur- 
chased, in 1747, ?onie three inindrcd acres in 
the north-east corner of Nottingham, adjoin- 
ing the town of Lee, and cleared a part of 
it for farming; and in 1754 he built the house 



in which his great-great-grandson, John 
Scales, was born. This house is still stand- 
ing, well preserved; it was the first two-story 
house in the town. The original tract of land 
remained in the possession of the Scales fam- 
ily for over a century, and a part of it is still 
owned by them. Samuel, the youngest son of 
Abraham, was a Revolutionary soldier. Sam- 
uel's son Samuel was the grandfather of Mr. 
John Scales; and his father, the third Samuel 
in line, was born in Nottingham, July 18, 
1800. The owner and manager of a large 
farm, he was one of the leading men of the 
town, serving as moderator, .Selectman, and 
School Committee, Captain of a militia com- 
pany for several years, and in 1849-50 he rep- 
resented the town in the General Court. 

Mr. John Scales' s mother, who was the 
daughter of Benjamin and Molly (Batchelder) 
True, was born in Deerfield, N. H., January 
II, 1805. She was of the seventh generation 
from Benjamin True, who emigrated from 
England and settled in Salem, Mass., in 1632. 
Her grandfather. Deacon Abraham True, was 
one of the first settlers in Deerfield, moving 
there from Salisbury, Mass., about 1750. 
Her father, Benjamin True, served in the 
Revolution. Her mother was a daughter of 
Nathaniel and Molly (Longfellow) Batchel- 
der. The Batchelders trace their descent from 
the Rev. Stephen Bachiler, who was born in 
England in 1561. He was the founder of 
Hampton, N. H., and the first pastor of the 
church there, taking charge in 1638, and fill- 
ing the pulpit until he was over eighty years 
of age. He returned to England, where he 
died in 1660, aged nearly one hundred years. 
Mrs. Scales's grandfather, Nathaniel liatchel- 
der, was the great-great-great-grandson of 
the clergyman. He was born in Hampton, 
June 9, 1732, and settled in Deerfield about 
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comiwny, iiiRlcr Colonel John Stark, at the 
battle of liuiikcr Hill, and also with Stark at 
licnninyton, and there offered up his life for 
his country. Two of his sons, Stephen and 
Nathaniel, and four sons in-law — Smith Mor- 
rill, ^Abraham, Joseph, and ]5enjamin True 
— also served in the Continental arni_\'. 
Smith Morrill married Mr. Batchelder's eldest 
daughter, Mary; and Justin S. Morrill, the 
distinguished United States Senator from 
Vermont, who has recently been elected to his 
si.xth term, is their grandson. On the mater- 
nal side Mrs. Scales was of the same stt)ck as 
the poet Longfellow, descended from William 
Longfellow, an linglishman, who .settled in 
Newbury, Mass., where he married in 1676 
Anne Sewall, sister of Samuel Sewall, the 
famous Colonial judge. Mrs. Scales's grand- 
mother was a daughter of Jonathan Longfellow 
and cousin to Stephen Longfellow, the grand- 
father of the poet; and her grandmother's 
.sister, Sarah Longfellow, was the wife of 
General Joseph Cilley, of Revolutionary fame. 

John Scales attended the public schools of 
Nottingham, a private school at Lee Mill, and 
the academy at Nottingham Centre. The last- 
named institution was in charge of Professor 
Bart Van Dame, a remarkable man, and one of 
the best educators of the day. He was also 
a pujjil at Pembroke Gymnasium and Strafford 
Acatlemy, and in 1854 attended the high 
school in the town hall in ]5arrington taught 
by Thomas A. Henderson, afterward lieuten- 
ant-colonel in the Seventh New Hampshire 
Volunteer Regiment, who was killed in battle 
at Charleston, S. C. Miss Adaline ]\ice 
Parker, daughter of Captain Robert Parker, a 
prominent merchant of Portsmouth, was his 
first and most esteemed teacher. 

hi the winter of 1855-56, Mr. Scales took 
charge of a school at Harper's Terry, Va. , 
and remained in that State until the summer 



of 1857. There he did his first newspaper 
work, writing to the Boston J\>st accounts of 
the ixilitical rallies held in Maryland and Vir- 
ginia during the h'renKjnt-Buchanan canijiaign. 
In March, 1857, he went to Washington and 
saw ]5uchanan inaugurated. In the siunmer 
(it the same year he came North to complete 
his preparation to enter Dartmouth College; 
and in September he entered the New London 
(N. H.) Academy, then under the sujiervision 
of the late George W. (iardner, ]),]). By 
close apjilication and hard work he completed 
the three years' course in two years, and grad- 
uated with a rank among the best of a large 
class. Among his classmates here were the 
Hon. Charles A. Pillsbury, the world-famous 
flour manufacturer of Minnea])olis, and Pro- 
fessor John R. ICastman, of the United States 
Observatory at Washington. In the kill of 
1859 Mr. Scales entered Dartmouth, and in 
1863 he graduated in the Phi Beta Kappa sec 
tion of his class, and had an oration at com- 
mencement. During the college course he 
taught school m winter and heljied on his 
father's farm in summer, wielding the scythe 
(which had not then been superseded by the 
mowing machine) with a skill that put the 
experts on their best nerve ami muscle. 
Among his instructors at college were the 
Hon. James W. Patterson, afterward United 
States Senator, Professor Brown, afterward 
President of Hamilton College, Professor 
Aiken, and President Lord, his class being 
the last to graduate under the last-named 
gentleman; and among his classmates were the 
Hon. Thomas Cogswell, now pension agent 
for New Hampshire and Vermont; the Hon. 
Henry M. Baker, ex-member of Congress from 
the Second Congressional District of New 
Hampshire; the Hon. Charles A. Pillsbuiy, 
of Minneapolis; the Hon. N. H. Clement, one 
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York; the Hon. Jesse Johnson, a leading 
member of the New York bar in Brooklyn; 
juilge W* L. Barnap, of Burlington, Vt. ; 
tlie Rev. Dr. Bernard Paine, of Saybrook, 
Conn. ; and the Rev. Dr. A. W. Hazen, of 
Middletown, Conn. 

During his college life l^artmouth sent 
a cavalry company to the war, which did 
valued service in the campaign preceding the 
battle of Antietam; and this company's his- 
tory ^_which appears in tlic War Record of New 
Hampshire, recently published by the .State, 
was written by Mr. Scales. 

In the fall of 1863 he was installed as prin- 
cipal of the academy at Centre Strafford; from' 
1S65 to 1867 he was principal of the Wolf- 
boro Academy; in 1867 and 1868 he was 
head of the Gilmanton Academy; and from the 
-sjiring of 1869 to the spring of 1883 he was 
principal of the Franklin Academy in Dover. 
As a teacher he was successful and popular, 
h'ranklin Academy attained its highest popu- 
larity and largest attendance under his charge, 
and the first woman to enter college from 
Dover and complete a full classical course was 
fitted by him. For a quarter of a century Mr. 
Scales has advocated the higher education of 
women. 

August 2, 1880, the Dover Daily Republican 
was started by a syndicate of Republicans as 
a campaign paper, with George Wadleigh, 
Esq., the veteran newspaper man, as managing 
editor, and Mr. Scales then began to contrib- 
ute to its column.s. In 1S83 he purchased a 
half interest in the Daily Republican and the 
Dover Enquirer; and both papers have enjoyed 
increasing prosperity while he has been con- 
nected with them. The Republican is noted 
for its vigorous and scholarly editorials. 
Mr. Scales is a pronounced protectionist and 
has advocated woman suffrage since 1865. 
He is a clear thinker, and writes in terse and 



forcible style, having at all times a firm grasp 
of his subject. In addition to his newspaper 
work, he has written and published the history 
of the class of 1863, Dartmouth College; and 
the History of the Dartmouth Cavalry, men- 
tioned above. He has been honored with the 
election to the examining board of Dartmouth 
College, and he is a member of the Dover 
School Committee. He has been trustee of 
the State Normal School at Plymouth. 

On October 20, 1S65, Mr. Scales was 
united in marriage with Ellen, daughter of 
Deacon Alfred and Mary Margaret (Hill) 
Tasker, who has been his co-laborer in school 
and newspaper work as well as in the home. 
They have had four children, two of whom 
are living. Burton True, born August 10, 
1873, was graduated at Dartmouth in 1895, 
and is now city editor of the Daily Repub- 
lican ; and Robert Leighton, born May 20, 
1880, is a member of the senior class in the 
Dover High School, expecting to enter Dart- 
mouth in 1897. 

Mr. Scales joined the Independent Order of 
Odd PYdlows in 1856, and has been in good 
and regular standing ever since. He was 
initiated into Virginia Lodge, No. i, at Har- 
per's Ferry, and after removing to Dover be- 
came a member of VVecohammet Lodge, No. 
3. He is also a member of the higher 
branches of the order Ouocheco Encamjjment 
and Canton Parker, Patriarchs Militant. He 
is a member of Dover Commandery No. 43, 
U. O. G. C, Moses Paul Lodge, F. & A. M., 
Belknajj Chapter Orphan Council, and St. 
Paul Commandery, and is a thirty-second 
degree member of the lodge of Perfection in 
the Valley of Dover, Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite; and he is a member of the So- 
ciety of the Sons of the American Revolution, 
and the Society of the Colonial Wars in New 
Hampshire. In religious belief he is a Con- 



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gregationalist, belonging to the famous First 
Church, whose history dates back to 163S, the 
parish having been organized in 1633. 



<^S 



I'OKGE SCALI-:S, brother of John, 
\ 1^ I was born in Nottingham, October 
20, 1S40. He worked on the farm 
with his father, when not attending school, 
till he joined the Union army in September, 
i86[. He was educated in the public schools 
and at New London Academy, where he 
fitted for college and graduated in June, 1S61, 
ranking among the highest in scholarship in 
his class. Quick to learn and studious in 
his habits, he was very popular in the school, 
both among the students and the teachers. 
He was gifted as a conversationalist and as 
a speaker, and had he lived to mature age 
would undoubtedly have taken high rank in 
the legal profession, for which he had planned 
to fit himself on completing his college edu- 
cation. The tocsin of war changed his plans. 
When President Lincoln called for volunteers 
he responded promptly, as responded his grand- 
father, Benjamin True, and great-grandfathers, 
Samuel Scales and Nathaniel Batchelder, in 
the Revolutionary War; not that he liked war 
per sc, but that he was ready to defend his 
country's honor, to preserve liberty, free in- 
stitutions, and the Union. He was an expert 
marksman, hence he chose to enlist as one of 
Bcrdan's sharpshooters. 

The war record of the First Regiment, 
United States Sharpshooters, is unsurpassed 
])y that of any part of the grand Union army. 
The originator and organizer of it was a New 
Hampshire man, Hiram Berdan, then a resi- 
dent of New York. The qualifications he set 
for each man were: "That no man shall be 
accepted who cannot, at two hundred yards, 
put ten consecutive shots into a ten-inch ring, 



or a string measurement of fifty inches, l^ach 
man can choose his rifle and the government 
will allow sixty dollars for it." (icorge 
Scales fulfiUctl the demand in every particu- 
lar. Amos B. Jt)nes, who had gratluated from 
Dartmouth in iSfii, commenced to muster re 
emits from New Hamiishire to make up the 
quota from this State. His company was 
numbered 1'^, and on September 9, 1X61, it 
was mustered in at Concord. 

The uniform of this company was dark green 
cap, coat and trousers, leather leggings, gray 
felt havelock-shajjed hat, and gray overcoat, 
which latter was afterward changed to another 
color to avoid its being mistaken for Con- 
federates. The knapsack was of J'rench i)at- 
tern, made of leather with the hair on, with 
a tin dish for cooking on the outsitle. On 
September 11 they left for Weehawken, N.J., 
where they remained three days, from which 
place George wrote his first letters to friends 
at home, and after that he kept a regular diaiy 
of each day's doings. 

Of his journey to New Jersey he wmte that 
the weather was disagreeable and rainv; tiiat 
they did not slee]3 much on the boat from h'all 
River to New York ; that when they arrived 
at Weehawken they were given breakfast in a 
very dirty room ; that it consisted of baked 
potatoes, dry, hard beef, and sour bread. He 
says: "It made me think of home, but I am 
not homesick. I did not enlist expecting a 
pleasure trip, nor do I exjiect honors; it was 
pure love of country that gave me manly 
courage to say good-by to the old Granite 
State, and the loved ones who are dearer to me 
than my own life. VVe have a smart company, 
all good fellows. They are not allowed to 
drink any spirituous liquors, but if the order 
had not been given I do not think any one 
would get drunk ; not one complains about the 
order. When I left home I thought I shoukl 



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liavc an opportunity to visit mother again 
bofiiro going to tlio scat of war, but circum- 
stances have prevented; where duty calls I 
must go." 

On September 15, 1861, they left Weehaw- 
ken for Washington, D. C. , and joined the 
l-irst Regiment of Berdan's United States 
Sharpshooters as Company E. September 
21 they had their first reconnoissance under 
General Smith, in Virginia, and had their 
firstjsiirmish near Lewisville, Va. , September 
27, and then had the first sight of the rebels 
and a taste of their fire. In writing home 
about this first experience in battle, he says : 
"It was something like going out hunting for 
game, when suddenly a thunder shower breaks 
forth with a terrific roar and flashing, and 
gives you a great surjirise. Our boys did not 
flinch or manifest the least fear, but as soon 
as their first surprise was over, which was but 
an instant, took good aim with their rifles 
and set the rebels on the run for safe quar- 
ters. 

On the 2gth they had another skirmish near 
Falls Church, where one man was shot in both 
legs; the others escaped injury. They saw no 
more of the rebs till the ne.xt spring. Dur- 
ing the rest of the fall and winter they were 
with the regiment in Camp Instruction at 
Washington. There the companies were 
thoroughly disciplined and drilled daily at 
target practice. George Scales' s record at 
the target shooting was among the very best. 
One of the letters home says: "Our camp has 
the appearance of a small city, and is kept 
very neat. The streets are graded and swept 
every day; they are as clean as a house floor." 
One of the officers from another New Hamp- 
shire regiment, who visited the sharp- 
shooters' camp and .saw the men, says that 
George "appeared like a man of high charac- 
ter, a noble-looking fellow in his uniform of 



dark green." He was always a young man 
of the best of habits in every respect, and 
army life did not change him. March 20, 
1862, they broke camp, and on March 21 
Company H joined General Fitz-John Porter's 
division. Third Army Corps, near Alexandria, 
Va. . They embarked for Fortress Monroe, 
March 22, arrived there March 24, and landed 
at Hampton. March 27 they led the advance 
of a reconnoissance by Porter's Division, 
through and beyond Bethel, Va. , toward York- 
town. In this move the sharpshooters won 
high ]3raise for their bravery and for the work 
they did. They earned a reputation which 
they ever after maintained in the thirty-three 
battles in which they engaged, not counting in- 
numerable skirmishes, the most difficult work 
of all. His letters home were full of burning 
enthusiasm to whip the rebels and send them 
home satisfied to keep the peace forevermore. 
Of himself he wrote: "I have no fear; I think 
I shall come out of the war safe; but shoukl I 
fall, think of me as having willingly laid down 
my life for my country." 

From April 5 to May 4 they performed such 
efficient service in front of Yorktown, in the 
rifiepits, in silencing batteries and sharp- 
shooters, that they were complimented in 
general orders by the commanding general. 
In his letters home he says: "I have been 
engaged in a lively battle and have come out 
of it alive and well; of course I am exceed- 
ing weary, as it was no easy job to crawl along 
on the ground and drag my rifle with me, that 
we might get near to the enemy's works, and 
then lie cramped up, taking steady aim and 
making every shot count in knocking out the 
rebel gunners and silencing their batteries by 
killing or driving the men away. It was won- 
derful how quick our sharpshooters could 
scoop out a hole and throw the dirt up iii front 
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picked off the rebs, while the rebs could not 
see us. To any one looking on, out of harm's 
way, it might have seemed a grand sight; but 
to us fellows who were in the front of the 
tight, there was nothing grand about it; it 
seemed awful, that is the whole story. I can- 
not say that I have killed a man, but I took 
deliberate aim and saw them fall; perhaps 
somebody's else bullet hit at the same time. 
One fellow in gray was just on the point of 
firing when I took good aim, fired, and he 
drt)pped, not to rise again. I came here to 
do my duty like a brave soldier, and I have 
done it to the best of my ability and I did not 
feel afraid, but must confess I could see no 
fun in being a target for rebel bullets, nor in 
making targets of my fellow-men who are 
fighting for a bad cause." 

The company remained encamped in front of 
Yorktown till May 7. On the 8th they, with 
the rest of the army corps, embarked for West 
Point, arriving on the 9th. On the 13th they 
took up the line of march toward Richmond. 
On the 27th of May they took part in the 
battle at Hanover Court House and Peake's 
Station; June 26 they were in the fight at 
Mechanicsville ; June 27 at Gaines's Mill; 
July I, 1862, at Malvern Hill, where he fell, 
killed by a rebel bullet. What those battles 
were, and the terrible scenes of the conflicts, 
are vividly described on the pages of many his- 
tories, which need not be repeated here. 
Suffice to say that where the hardest fighting 
was there was George Scales and his company 
of brave men. 

John Longfellow Bartlett, son of Judge 
Bradbury 15artlett, and grandson of Colonel 
Thomas Bartlett, and great-grandson of Gen- 
eral Joseph Cilley, both of Revolutionary 
fame, was a member of this company of sharp- 
shooters, and participated in all of the thirty- 
three pitched battles and in the innumerable 



skirmishes that fell to the lot of the company. 
Strange to say he was not wounded, neither 
was he sick to be in the hospital a single day. 
No braver soldier came out of the war. Mr. 
Bartlett says of his cousin Scales, when he 
was killed: "We had fought over the ground 
several times till it was strewn with the dead 
of both sides so thick that it was possible to 
walk on nothing but bodies, they lay so near 
together. We were retreating, dodging back 
from tree to tree, to protect ourselves, when 
George fell, and was never seen afterward. I 
was familiar with the click of his ritle, and 
afterward thought that a Confederate took and 
used his rifle, and that I narrowly escaped 
being hit by one of the bullets fired by a rebel 
hand. George was as cool and apparently 
undisturbed in battle as if he had been at a 
target practice, instead of in one of the 
fiercest battles of the war." 

Another member of the company who saw 
him in that battle says : "I shall never forget 
George Scales as I last saw him in that terrifTic 
clash of arms. He stood si.N feet tall, with a 
fine physique and commanding presence ; black 
hair, black eyes, handsome face, which won 
the confidence and love of all who had any- 
thing to do with him. He stood as straight 
as an arrow, and in that sharpshooter's suit 
of green he looked sujjcrb ; death hit no more 
shining mark on that day; the rifle which he 
carried was one of the best, tried and true, and 
very effective in the awful work to which it 
was devoted ; a braver soldier never fought on 
a battlefield; had he lived to the end of the 
war he would have merited to ha\e been niaile 
a Brigadier-general." 

His remains were never recovered. They 
lie with the innumerable and unnamed dead, 
who had a common burial on the battlefield of 
Malvern Hill, where Union men and Confed- 
erates sleep together. Rcijiinscat in pace. 



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"ON. CHARLES F. STONE.— "Gen- 
erous indeed has been the contribu- 
tion which New IIami)shire has 
made to other States in character and intellect, 
in power for achievement in business, profes- 
sional and public life. Mas.sachusetts in par- 
ticular has drawn largely from the best blood 
and brain of the Granite State, and the record 
of her noble men is in a great measure a trib- 
ute to New Hampshire energy, ability, and 
worth. Nevertheles.s, New Hampshire is to 
some extent indebted to other States for valu- 
able accessions to the ranks of her own best 
citizenship. Especially is this the case in 
regard to the legal i)rofsssion, many of the 
more prominent of whose members have been 
natives of the Green Mountain State. Ed- 
mund Hurke, William L. Foster, the ]5ing- 
hams, the Hibbards, Benton, Wait, Ray, and 
others who have attained celebrity at the New 
Hampshire bar, had their birth on the other 
side of the Connecticut. So, also, did the 
subject of this sketch, although his ancestors, 
as is the case with the Binghams, and perhaps 
some others mentioned, were New Hampshire 
people." (H. H. Metcalf, in Granite Moiit/i/y, 
September, 1892.) 

The Hon. Charles F. Stone was born in 
Cabot, Vt., May 21, 1843; and his parents, 
the Rev. Levi H. and Clarissa (Osgood) 
Stone, were also natives of that town. His 
great-grandfather, Deacon Matthias Stone, 
was one of the early settlers of Claremont, 
N. H. ; and his grandfather, John Stone, with 
three brothers went from Claremont in 1794 
to the wilds of northern Vermont. Among the 
first settlers in Cabot, they cleared farms and 
all reared large families there. John Stone 
married Betsey Huntoon, of Unity, N.H., and 
reared seven sons and three daughters, who all 
attained mature age. Four of the sons became 
Congregational ministers, 



The Rev. Levi H. Stone, who was John 
Stone's second son, was born December 10, 
1806. As a minister of the gospel he had a 
long and successful career. Though not lib- 
erally educated, he was an eloquent pulpit 
orator and a very popular and prominent 
preacher. He held several pastorates, his first 
— ^ of ten years — being in Cabot, and his last 
in Pawlet, Vt. While in charge of the church 
at Northfield, he was chaplain of the Vermont 
Senate at two sessions of the legislature. At 
the outbreak of the Rebellion he made effec- 
tive addresses at many war meetings, and later 
he served as chaplain of the First Regiment 
of Vermont Volunteers. For several years 
after he closed his last pastorate, he was agent 
of the Vermont State Temperance Society. 
He died at Castleton, January 25, 1892, aged 
eighty-five. He was twice married, and had 
children by both wives. Four of his sons were 
in the Union service during the war, and one 
was confined for some time in Libby Prison, 
another in Andersonville. His first wife, Clar- 
issa Osgood, who was the mother of eight chil- 
dren, died at the birth of her son Charles F. 

Charles F. Stone was reared in the home of 
his grandfather, John Stone, the grandparents 
taking the motherless infant as soon as Mrs. 
Stone was laid to rest. He grew up on the 
farm in Cabot, and, though the freedom of 
farm life developed his physical powers so that 
he attained a vigorous manhood, his early edu- 
cational opportunities were limited ; but he 
determined on a professional career, and won 
his way by hard work. He studied two years 
in the academy at Barre, Vt. , then in charge 
of Jacob Spaukling, and, entering Middlebury 
College in 1865, was graduated in the class 
of 1869. The funds for his tuition in the 
academy and the college he earned by teach- 
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In tlie summer of i86g he read law in the 
office of ex-Governor John W. Stewart, of 
Micldlelniry, and he was one year princijial of 
the gradetl school in that town, pursuing liis 
legal studies in the evening and at other times 
when not occupied with his school work. In 
1870 he entered the ofifice of the Hon. Ellery 
A. Hibbard, of Laconia, with whom he 
studied until admitted to the bar of Belknap 
County in the March term, 1872. Immedi- 
ately after he was taken into partnership by 
the late George VV. Stevens, the association 
lasting only about a year, Mr. Stevens's brill- 
iant career being cut short by insanity. In 
1880 Mr. Stone became associated with Eras- 
tus P. Jewell, establishing the now well-known 
firm of Jewell & Stone, which ranks among 
the first in New Hampshire. Mr. Stone and 
Mr. Jewell are both "all-round " lawyers, and 
their practice covers a wide range. It is said 
that they have been more extensively engaged 
in criminal causes for some years past than any 
other firm in Belknap County, and their efforts 
in defence are more than ordinarily successful. 

Mr. Stone was reared a Republican and 
sympathized with that party in its anti-slavery 
princijiles; but about fifteen years ago he be- 
came dissatisfied with its legislation on finan- 
cial and revenue matters, and joined the Dem- 
ocratic party. In 1880 he tt)ok the stump for 
Hancock and English and spoke effectively 
throughout the State, doing more in that line 
than any member of his party in the past de- 
cade. In 1883-84 and 1887-88, he repre- 
sented Laconia in the State legislature, serv- 
ing during his first term on the committees 
on national affairs and railroads, and during 
his second term on the judiciary and State 
Normal School committees. During each of 
these sessions there was an exciting railroad 
contest, and Mr. Stone was active in antago- 
nizing the "Colby bill," introduced by the 



Hon. Ira Colby, of Claremont, chairman of 
the Railroad Committee, in the session of 
1883, and the "Ilazen bill," the object ot 
controversy in 1887. In the latter contest 
Mr. Stone's speech on the lioor of the House 
in the final debate was an able and convincing 
presentation of that side of the case. In i S92 
he was the choice of the Democrats for Con- 
gress, but was defeated by the Hon. Henry \V. 
Blair. On July 3, 1S94, he was ajipointcd by 
President Cleveland naval officer of the port 
of Boston, and still holds that position. In 
Laconia, his home since 1870, he frecpiently 
served as Moderator in the town meetings be- 
fore the city charter was granted; and he was 
a member of the Board of ICducation seven- 
teen years, and for some time President of the 
board. He was also for two years a member 
of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal 
School. 

Mr. Stone was married July 7, 1870, to 
Minnie A. Nichols, of Sudbury, Vt., whu 
died September 23, 1875. She left one 
daughter. Flora M., who resides with her 
father. On September 12, 1896, nearly 
twenty-one years after the death of his first 
wife, Mr. Stone married Mrs. Isabella Smith 
Munsey, of Gilmanton, N. II., whose father, 
the late Colonel Noah E. Smith, has a his- 
toric record. His story may here be briefly 
outlined, as follows: He was born in 1808 in 
Meredith, where his grand|jarents were among 
the earliest settlers, and when he was ten 
years of age his parents removed to Gilman- 
ton. He cast his first vote for Andrew Jack- 
son, and on Jackson's second election to the 
Presidency he went to New York City, where 
a company was being organized to operate a 
stage line from Vera Cruz, upon the coast, to 
the city of Mexico. He was soon ap])ointeil 
general superintendent of the lines and execu- 
tive officer, Going to Mexico and making thi; 



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acquaintance of Santa Anna, lie made the ar- 
ranjjemcnts for his inau<,'iiiation as President 
of tiie Republic. At the time of the outbreak 
of hostilities between Mexico and the United 
States, Colonel Smith was an old resident of 
the country, but he had no call to interest 
himself in the difficulty until after Major 
(iainer and other officers of General Taylor's 
army were taken at Encarnacion as prisoners 
of war. He arranged for their parole after 
they had been incarcerated for seven months, 
and loaned them nearly four thousand dollars, 
which was afterward returned to him. After 
General Scott entered Mexico they presented 
their benefactor with a heavy gold-headed 
cane, upon which was this inscription: "Ken- 
tucky prisoners of war to Noah E. Smith, 
Mexico, 1847." This cane is now a valued 
memento and is treasured by his daughter. 
He joined General Scott at Puebla after hav- 
ing many exciting experiences with important 
despatches and afterward became Scott's guide 
and interpreter, serving with him until the 
war ceased. Colonel Smith went to Califor- 
nia during the gold discovery excitement, and 
was at Sacramento at the time of the formation 
of the provisional city government, and was 
one of the council, feeing taken sick, he re- 
turned to New Hampshire, where he remained 
for a time. Under President Pierce's admin- 
istration he served as mail agent in connection 
with the service to the Pacific coast. After 
serving three or four years, he resigned and 
returned to Gilmanton. He subsequently be- 
came a pensioner of the government on account 
iif his services in the Mexican War. The 
later years of his earthly life were spent with 
his daughter; and on April 11, 1887, he 
passed to thii great beyond. 

Mr. Stone was made a Mason at the age of 
twenty-one, becoming a member of Granite 
Lodge, of Uarre, Vt. ; and on his removal to 



Laconia he transferred his connection to 
Mount Lebanon Lodge of this place. He 
does not choose to forget the days when his 
grandfather's farm was his world, but has been 
a member of Laconia Grange, Patrons of Hus- 
bandry, almost since its organization, and is 
also a prominent member of Belknap County 
Pomona Grange. A liberal, progressive 
Christian, he has been for a number of years 
connected with the Unitarian society of La- 
conia. Thoroughly honorable and upright, 
Mr. Stone has gained the confidence and re- 
spect of his fellow-men of all classes. Uf 
commanding presence and courteous manners, 
he is a fine specimen of American manhood, 
and a citizen of whom Laconia may well be 
proud. 



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YgTENRY B. SCATES, a prosperous 
r^H farmer and lumberman of Milton, 

-l-^ V, , was born in this town, F"ebruary 10, 

1 83 1, son of Benjamin and Lovey (Lyman) 
Scates. His grandfather, Benjamin Scates 
(first), who was a native of Lebanon, N. H., 
served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, 
and was one of the early settlers in Milton. 

Benjamin Scates (second) was a lifelong res- 
ident of this town, and followed the carpenter's 
trade in connection with farming during the 
active period of his life. In politics he was a 
Whig. He died at the age of sixty-seven 
years. His wife, Lovey Lyman Scates, who 
was a native of Milton, became the mother of 
eight children, only two of whom are living, 
namely: Henry B., the subject of this sketch; 
and Sophia L. , who resides in Boston. 

Henry B. Scates attended the common 
schools until he was seventeen years old, and 
then went to work for a neighboring farmer, 
with whom he remained six years. He then 
engaged in lumbering upon his own account, 
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extensively. He owns a good farm containing 
three luinclred acres of land, which he culti- 
vates with good results. Politically, he sup- 
ports the Republican party. He served as 
Surveyor fifteen years, as Chairman of the 
Board of Selectmen three years, as Town 
Auditor, and was Jailer under Sheriff Plum- 
nier for two years. 

Mr. Scates married Ellen Dickson, a native 
of Lebanon, Me. He has no children. He 
is connected with the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows and the Patrons of Husbandr)-. 
He attends the Baptist church. 



fHOMAS L. HOITT, a retired manu- 
facturer and a veteran of the Civil War, 
who is now residing in Barnstead, Bel- 
knap County, N.H., was born in this town, 
April I, 1827, son of Benjamin and Mehitable 
(Babson) Hoitt. On the paternal side he is a 
grandson of Thomas Hoitt, who died at sea 
while serving in the United States Navy, and 
was buried in the governor's garden at 
Surinam; and on the maternal side he is a 
great-grandson of General John Stark, the 
famous Revolutionary patriot. 

Benjamin Hoitt, father of Thomas L. , was 
born in Hampstead, N.H., August 11, 178S. 
When a young man he learned the trade of a 
shoemaker in Haverhill, Mass., and later for 
some years he conducted a shoe manufactory 
in connection with farming in Hampstead, 
N.H. He finally removed to Barnstead, 
where he became a successful farmer. For 
several years he served as a member of the 
Board of Selectmen, and he also held other 
town offices. In his religious views a Con- 
gregationalist, he was a member of that 
church, when it was presided over by Mr. 
George, the first settled minister in Barn- 
stead. His wife, Mehitable Babson, was a 



daughter of Isaac Babson, and a grand-daugh- 
ter of General John Stark. 

Her father was doubtless a descendant of 
James Babson, of whom J.J. Babsun, the iiis- 
torian, of Gloucester, Mass., says, "This set- 
tler and his mother, Isabel, appear to have 
been the sole emigrants to New England of 
this name." Isaac Babson was graduated at 
Harvard College in 1779, and after marriage 
engaged in agricultural pursuits in Ho])kin- 
ton, Mass., where he was the owner of a large 
estate. While giving some directions to his 
workmen he suddenly expired without a 
moment's warning. Isaac Babson and his 
wife, Elizabeth Stark, daughter of General 
John and Elizabeth (Page) Stark, were tiic 
parents of four children, namely: John, 
Mehitable (Mrs. Babson), and Mary and Sally, 
who remained single. John Babson resided in 
Manchester, N. H., for some years, but spent his 
last days in Barnstead, where he was buried. 

The Stark ancestors of Mr. Hoitt, as is well 
known, figured conspicuously in military 
affairs in Colonial and Revolutionary times. 
A few particulars of tlie family history may 
here be given. The name, which is derived 
from the German word "starr," meaning 
stanch, strong, or rugged, is said to have been 
introduced into Scotland in 1495, when a 
number of German soldiers who liad invaded 
England, to support the cause of a pretender 
to the throne of Henry VII., among them 
being some who bore the name of Starr, or 
Stark, were defeated and sought protection 
from the Scottish king. The first known an- 
cestor of the New Hampshire family was 
Archibald Stark, who was born in Glasgow in 
1697. He was educated at the University of 
his native city, and in early manhood moved 
with his jiarents to Londonderry, Ireland. 
There he met and married P^leanor Nichols, 
the daughter of a Scottish emigrant. In 1720 



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Archibald Stark and his family emigrated to 
America, and the next year settled in London- 
derry, N.H. 

The children of Archibald and I'LIeanor 
Stark, born previous to their arrival in Amer- 
ica, died of small-pox; and the four sons born 
to them in this country were: William, John, 
Samuel, and Archibald, Jr. Archibald Stark, 
Sr. , fought against the Indians in defence of 
the frontier; and the military instincts which 
he inherited he transmitted to his sons, all of 
whom became commissioned officers in the 
British Colonial service. William, the eld- 
est, was killed by a fall from his horse in 
1776; and John became the redoubtable Gen- 
eral who fought at Bunker Hill, Bennington, 
and other noted battles of the Revolution, and 
whose brilliant achievements form an im- 
portant part of the history of the Revolution- 
ary War. 

General Stark was humorous as well as 
brave, and when called upon to meet on the 
field of Bennington the soldiers who had been 
hired in Germany, he made that traditional 
speech which has been variously rendered, 
and may be here repeated in one of its fa- 
miliar forms: "Now, my men, these are the 
Hessians. They were bought for seven 
pounds, tenpence, a man. Are you worth 
more? Prove it. To-night the American 
flag floats over yonder hill, or Molly Stark 
sleeps a widow." General John Stark was born 
in Londonderry, N.H., August 28, 1728, and 
on August 20, 1758, he married Elizabeth Page, 
the "Molly Stark" of history— "Molly," it 
is needless to say, being a pet name. They 
had eleven children, as follows: Caleb, Archi- 
balfl, John, Eleanor (first), Eleanor (second), 
Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Charles, Benjamin 
Franklin, and Sophia. Of these, two sons and 
one daughter died young. Sarah Stark married 
a Mr. Blodgett; Mary married B. F. 



Stickering; Sophia Stark married Samuel 
Dickey; and Elizabeth Stark, as above noted, 
was the wife of Isaac Babson, and the ma- 
ternal grandmother of the subject of this 
sketch. 

Twelve children were born to Benjamin and 
Mehitable (Babson) Hoitt. Two of them 
died in infancy. The others were as follows; 
Ellen, Charlotte, John S., Henrietta, Thomas 
L. , Harriet, Francis, William, Sarah, and 
Horace. 

Charlotte Hoitt was born May 17, 18 19. 
She married Calvin Sanborn, son of Deacon 
James Sanborn, of Epsom, N.H., and a repre- 
sentative of an old and prominent family in 
this part of the State. Calvin Sanborn was a 
wheelwright by trade, and carried on business 
in Barnstead until 1849, when he went to the 
gold mines of California. Upon his return, 
he resumed business in I^arnstead on an ex- 
tensive scale, and later patented a water- 
wheel, which commanded a large sale. He 
was recognized as a superior mechanic, and for 
sometime was engaged in superintending the 
building of bridges in the South. He ac- 
quired wealth by the manufacture and sale of 
his water-wheel, and was a generous giver to 
charitable and other worthy objects. Mrs. 
Charlotte Hoitt Sanborn, who is still residing 
in Barnstead, possesses the essential elements 
of true womanhood, which endear her to a 
large circle of friends. She is a member of 
the Congregational church, and has rendered 
valuable aid in developing the usefulness of 
that society. She has no children. 

Thomas L. Hoitt, the special subject of our 
sketch, acquired in his early years a common- 
school education, and at the age of fifteen en- 
tered the employ of Bailey Parker, a merchant 
of Pembroke, N.H., as a clerk. After re- 
maining with Mr. Parker several years he be- 
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he subsequently was associated, and still later 
he bought him out. In 1855 Mr. Hoitt en- 
gaged in the dry-goods business in Salmon 
Falls, N. H., where he remained until the 
breaking out of the Rebellion, when he en- 
listed as a first-class musician in the Fifth 
Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, for 
three years. He served until the close of 
McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, when he 
was honorably discharged on account of fail- 
ing health. In 1863 he was appointed the 
first postal agent between Portland and Bos- 
ton, and some time afterward he engaged in 
the shoe manufacturing business in Lynn, 
Mass. In 1880 he disposed of his business in 
Lynn, and, returning to Barnstead, has since 
resided here. He was instrumental in secur- 
ing the extension of the Suncook Branch Rail- 
way to this town, and is at the present time 
interested in the Beaudry Machine Company. 

In April, 1871, Mr. Hoitt was joined in 
marriage with Martha E. Seavey, of Saco, 
Me. They have one daughter, Henrietta B., 
an industrious and accomplished young lady, 
who excels in both music and painting. Mr. 
Hoitt was made a Mason in Mount Belknap 
Lodge, of Laconia. He is now a member of 
Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar, of 
Manchester, and has advanced to the thirty- 
second degree. He is a member of the Con- 
gregational church at Barnstead Parade. 




iRS. HENRIETTA WARLAND, 
a resident of Barnstead, is a de- 
scendant of General John Stark 
of Revolutionary fame. An extended account 
of her ancestry will be found in the sketch of 
her brother, Thomas L. Hoitt, on another 
page. She was born in Barnstead, April 2, 
1823, daughter of Benjamin and Mehitable 
(Babson) Ploitt. Her education was received 



at a private sciiool in Manchester, N.H., and 
at Mrs. Hill's High School in the same city. 
She resided with relatives in Manchester for 
some years. Shortly after her return to Barn- 
stead she was joined in marriage with Thomas 
F. Warland. 

Mr. Warland was born in Kennebunk, Me. 
His father, Thomas Warland, worked at his 
trade of currier for many years, and died in 
Woburn, Mass. Thomas F. was reared and 
educated in his native town. Upon reaching 
his majority he went to Pittsfield, N.II., where 
he was engaged in business with an uncle for 
several years. After his marriage he went to 
Woburn, and was in business there until the 
breaking out of the Civil War. At the first 
call for troops he enlisted as a private in Com- 
pany G, Fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Vol- 
unteers, and particijjated in the first battle of 
Bull Run. He sustained a severe sunstroke, 
which so disabled him as to render further 
military service impossible, and he survived 
but a year after his return to Woburn. 
He was an able, energetic business man, 
whose prospects were unusually promising. 
His untimely death was sincerely regretted by 
his many personal friends and business asso- 
ciates. 

Mrs. Warland has resided in Barnstead 
about eighteen years amid the scenes of her 
childhood, and in close proximity to her 
sister, Mrs. Charlotte Sanborn, and her 
brother, Thomas L. Hoitt. She is highly re- 
spected and esteemed by the entire commun- 
ity, and is a member of the Congregational 
church at Barnstead Parade. 



ON. JERRY LANGLEY, of Dur- 
ham, one of the most prosjierous and 
progressive agriculturists of Straf- 
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homestead where he now resides. He is a de- 
scendant of one of the early settlers of this 
part of the county. His paternal grandfather, 
Jonathan I,ani;ley, spent his life in Dur- 
ham. His father, Jcdcdiah Langley, was 
likewise a lifelong resident of this town, 
where he followed the occupations of carpen- 
ter and farmer. Ills mother, whose maiden 
name was Hannah Clay, and who came from 
Dover, had nine other children ; namely, John, 
Smith, Hrackett, Moses, Elizabeth, Caroline, 
Martha, John (second), and Martin V. 

Jerry Langley was reared upon the home 
farm, enjoying with his brothers and sisters 
the facilities afforded by the public schools of 
his district for acquiring an education. At 
the age of fifteen years he began to learn shoe- 
making, which he afterward followed for many 
years, remaining at home, and assisting also 
on the farm. Since becoming the owner of 
the homestead, Mr. Langley has carried on a 
thriving business in general farming. He is 
one of the largest dealers in hay in this local- 
ity, buying large quantities of it in the ad- 
joining towns, pressing and baling it, and 
then shipping it to various points. In 1890, 
in company with one of his sons, Mr. Langley 
bought a line of barges for transporting coal. 
The firm has now a regular route from Ports- 
mouth to Dover, New Market, and E.xeter, 
carrying on the business under the firm name 
of J. Langley & Son. Mr. Langley's farm 
contains three hundred acres of land, much of 
which he has brought under cultivation, the 
care of this property with his other interests 
re(|uiring the attention of himself and sons, 
keeping them all busily employed. He has 
also an interest in the New Market National 
15ank, which he serves in the capacity of Di- 
rector. 

On October 9, 1864, Mr. Langley was mar- 
ried to Miss Emily F. Emerson, daughter of 



Joshua and Sarah Durgin Emerson, of New 
Durham. They are now the parents of three 
children — Edward I., Charles S., and Carrie 
A. Mr. Langley has been actively identified 
with the town and county government in vari- 
ous offices of importance. He was first 
elected as Selectman in 1875, and since that 
time has repeatedly been Chairman of the 
Board. He has also been Road Commis- 
sioner, and he was a member of the College 
Committee when that institution was located 
in the town. In 1890 he represented Durham 
in the legislature, and in 1894 he was elected 
Senator from District Twenty-two. A loyal 
supporter of Republican principles, he has 
voted with that party since i860, when he cast 
his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lin- 
coln. He is an active member of the Ris- 
ing Star Lodge, No. 22, F. & A. M., of 
New Market ; and for twelve years he has be- 
longed to Squamscot Lodge, I. O. O. V., of 
the same town. While not connected by 
membership with any denomination, he con- 
tributes liberally toward the support of 
churches. 




TEPHEN GALE, late a successful 
farmer and well-known citizen of 
the town of Gilmanton, N.H., was- 
born in Gilmanton, March 20, 1800. He was 
the fifth son of Joseph and Sarah (Smith) 
Gale, and a brother of Moses S. Gale, the sub- 
ject of the next sketch but one. Their mother 
was the only child of Abraham Smith, a 
farmer of Gilmanton, whose farm after his de- 
cease came into the possession cf their family. 
Stephen Gale, after receiving his education 
in the district school of his native town, asso- 
ciated himself with his brother John in the 
cultivation of the Abraham Smith farm "on 
shares" for their father, who was actively en- 
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country blacksmith. After a few years his 
brother withdrew, and until after the death of 
his father he continued to cultivate and im- 
prove the old homestead, which later became 
his by purchase. He married Betsey S. Dud- 
ley, January 20, 1S30. Their children were: 
Rufiis E., born May i, 1S32, Nathaniel S., 
born January 13, 1S37: and Laura A., horn 
July 16, 1839. About the year 1S54 he 
boui;ht an adjoining farm, to which lie moved 
with his family, excepting Rufus, his elder 
son. 

Rufus E. Gale married Mary E. Nelson, 
daughter of John 1^". Nelson, I-^djruary 14, 
1856, and remained on and cultivated the 
home farm until August 11, 1S62, when he 
enlisted as private for three years in Company 
B, Twelfth Regiment, New Hampshire Volun- 
teers, in which he served with distinction. 
He was wounded at the battle of Chancellors- 
ville. May 3, 1863, but served until the close 
of the war, returning as Adjutant of his regi- 
ment. He then took up his former occupation 
of farming, and continued to live on the old 
homestead until about iSSr, when he removed 
to Penacook, N.H., and formed a partnership 
with his brother in the hardware business. 
He still resides in Penacook. 

Nathaniel S. Gale, in company with his 
father, successfully prosecuted the general 
farming business. He married May 8, 1866, 
I'2mily A. Peaslee, who died March 8, 1870. 
Soon after he purchased an interest in a haril- 
ware store in Penacook, and did business for 
eight years under the firm name of Evans & 
Gale. At that time his partner died. He 
has since continued the business with his 
brother, under the firm name of N. S. Gale 
& Co., to the present time. He married 
for his second wife, October 13, 1874, 
Sarah P. Gage, daugliter of Luther Gage, of 
Penacook. 



Laura A. Gale, after graduating from GW- 
manton Academy, entered upon the vocation 
of teaching, commencing in district schools in 
her native town. Afterward for many years 
she taught select schools in Lake Village, 
N.H., and from there she went to VVatcrtown, 
Mass., wliere she taught for several years, and 
at the present time is teaching in Reading, 
Mass., happy and successful in her chosen 
profession. .She married Cyrus II. Campbell, 
of Watertown, Mass., where she still lives. 

After his son left home, Stephen Gale, on 
account of age and infirmity, was obliged to 
abandon farming; and, accordingly, aliout 
1874, he removed to Penacook, there making 
his home with his son, Nathaniel S. Mr. 
Stephen Gale died January 9, 1884, respected 
by all, and mourned by family and friends. 
He was of a quiet, retiring disjiosition, dis- 
liking publicity of every kind. He enjoyed a 
goodly share of the confidence and good will 
of his fellow-citizens, although not desiring to 
hold any of the public offices that might have 
been in their gift. He ever preferred to de- 
vote his time and attention to his famil)' and 
private affairs, always endeavoring to jierform 
the nearer duties of life faitjifully and well, 
leaving pulilic honors to the numerous and 
eager aspirants for public favor. He was re- 
garded in his community as a man of a gener- 
ous, kindly nature, and as one who well ful- 
filled the apostle's injunction, "much given to 
hospitality." To his wife, who so nobly aided 
him by wise counsel, diligent labor, and 
watchful frugality, much is due for his success 
in life. She is still living, at the advanced 
age of eighty-eight years, happy in the pros- 
perity of her children, and in their companion- 
ship and sympathy. Conscious of tiie liigh 
esteem of all who know her, she is ])eace- 
fully descending the hill of life toward the 
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I^VLVKSTER J. GALE, a farmer 
ami land-owner of Gilmanton, 
N.M., the only son of Thomas J. 
anil Hannah (Sanborn) Gale, was born in this 
town, February lO, 1832. [For further genea- 
loj^ical partieulars of the Gale family, see 
sketch of Moses S. Gale, the uncle of Sylves- 
ter J. Gale, which is given in the following 
sketch.] 

Thomas J. Gale, above mentioned, was the 
son of Joseph and Sarah (Smith) Gale. He 
learned the trade of blacksmithing of his 
father, as did several of his brothers, serving 
with him an apprenticeship of some three 
years. At its completion he started out in 
the same business for himself in Gilmanton, 
not far from the old homestead. Subse- 
quently, in company with his brother Abra- 
ham, he set up a blacksmith shop at Academy 
Corners, in the same town, where he remained 
a number of years. When they dissolved 
their business connection, Thomas J. returned 
to the vicinity of his old home, and started 
out in business anew, but this time alone. 
In those days blacksmiths were in the habit of 
shoeing great numbers of o.xen, then used 
instead of horses for general farm work, and 
here he continued successfully to carry on his 
trade until his death, which occurred January 
22, 1874. Thomas J. Gale was a man of calm 
and even temperament, who seldom allowed 
himself to be ruffled by any momentary excite- 
ment. He was an untiring worker, a model 
husband, a kind father, and a man who made 
many friends. In his political views he was 
a strong, decided Republican. In the earlier 
part of his life he was a prominent and highly 
esteemed member of the Methodist church, 
but later on a change took place in his relig- 
ious views, and he joined the Free Will Bap- 
tist denomination. 

He married Hannah Sanborn, the daughter 



of Richard Sanborn, an enterprising, well-to- 
do farmer of Kensington, N. H., and who was 
one of four sons, to each of whom a large farm 
was given by their father, Theophilus San- 
born, a large land-owner in that section. 
Thomas J. and Hannah (Sanborn) Gale had 
only two children — Sylvester J. and Edna J. 
Edna J. Gale, after graduating from Gilman- 
ton Academy, taught school in the town for a 
while. While engaged in teaching she met 
Mr. Arthur P. Smith, of Waltham, Mass., 
whom she afterward married. Soon after their 
marriage Mr. Smith opened a commercial cid- 
lege in Bangor, Me., but subsequently, upon 
an offer of the principalship of the Waltham, 
Mass., High School, he removed with his 
family to that town, where he still resides. 
Mrs. Edna J. Smith died in 1892 in Waltham. 
She had no children. 

Sylvester J. Gale, like his sister, after pass- 
ing through the district schools of Gilmanton, 
for a few terms attended the Gilmanton Acad- 



emy. 



He then began to learn the blacksmith- 



ing trade of his father, as the latter had done 
before him of his grandfather, the occupation 
being an hereditary one in the Gale family. 
While working busily at his trade, he at the 
same time engaged in farming, until the 
breaking out of the Civil War. At that pe- 
riod he was a well developed, muscular young 
man, with health as firm and rugged as the 
granite hills of his native State. His strong 
and genial nature rendered him very popular 
among his associates. At the first call of 
President Lincoln for three hundred thousand 
men to defend the imperilled Union, Sylvester 
J. Gale, with lofty patriotism and burning love 
of liberty, instantly seized his musket in her 
defence. He was the first man to enlist in the 
army from Gilmanton, N.H.; and his was not 
only the first name to be registered upon the 
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New Hampshire Volunteers, but was the first 
in tlic regimental list. His example was in- 
stantly fallowed iiy a number of his younf^ 
assoeiates, so strong was his influence among 
them. Nearly six feet in height, straight as 
one of the lofty pines of his own mountain 
forests, his magnificent physique, perfect in 
all its proportions, made him a fine soldier. 
Before starting for the seat of war, while the 
troops were being mustered at Concord, N.H., 
he assisted Captain Thomas E. Barker in 
drilling the raw recruits. Soon after his en- 
listment he was raised to the rank of Sergeant 
of his company. At the battle of Chancel- 
lorsville he was severely wounded by a bullet 
passing completely through his leg, just below 
the knee, which incapacitated him for further 
active service in the field, and from this time 
until the close of the war he was placed on 
the detached list of the recruiting service. 
At the close of the war he returned home, and 
resumed his old employment of blacksmithing 
and farming. The former business he gave 
up in 1SS2, and he has since applied his whole 
attention to farming, which he has found to 
be a most congenial pursuit. 

He married Harriet S. Oilman, daughter of 
William R. and Judith (Edgerly) Oilman, of 
Gilmanton. William R. Oilman was the son 
of Joseph Oilman, who died November 26, 
1839, aged sixty-seven years. Love D. Oil- 
man, the wife of Joseph Oilman, died June 3, 
1856, aged eighty-two years. Mrs. Harriet 
Oilman Oale taught school in her native town 
for some years previous to her marriage. She 
is a member of the Congregational church of 
Oilmanton. Mr. and Mrs. Oale have had two 
children — Cora Belle and Arthur Everett. 
Cora Belle, after graduating from Oilmanton 
Academy, like her mother, taught school in 
Gilmanton and adjoining towns. .She was 
married June 20, 1S88, to Frank C. Page, of 



Oilmanton, the son of John S. Page, and has 
two children - Hattic Belle Page and Harold 
Oale Page. .Arthur P'.verett Oale died Se])- 
tember 25, 1875, when nine years of age. 

In politics Mr. Oale is a Democrat. He is 
higlily esteemed in the community where he 
resides, and he has twice served on the Board 
of Selectmen of the town. He is a member of 
the Masonic fraternity, also a member of the 
Orand Army f)f tlie Republic. 




'(» |OSES S. OALE, an extensive 
farmer and prominent citizen of 
^^ Oilmanton, N.H., was born in 
this town. May 10, 181 5. His parents were 
Joseph and Sarah (Smith) Oale. His great- 
great-grandfather, Bartholomew Oale, who 
was a shipwright by trade, emigrated from 
England, and settled in the colony of Massa- 
chusetts l?ay. He had several children, in 
eluding Jacob, Daniel, and others. [The 
names of his children with dates of birth arc 
in the old records of Salem, Mass.] 

Jacob Oale, son of Bartholomew, and the 
next in the ancestral line now being con- 
sidered, resided in Kingston in Massachu- 
setts, and was elected for one term as a Rep- 
resentative to the General Court of the colony 
from that town. Daniel Oale, the son of 
Jacob, and the grandfather of Moses S., was 
born September 2, 1739. He removed to Gil- 
manton, N.H., in 17S0, and died here in 
1801. His wife, formerly Patience Eastman, 
who was born December 14, 1734, became the 
mother of the following children: Susan, 
Jacob, Joseph, Shuah, Daniel, Mary, Stephen, 
and Elizabeth. 

Joseph Gale, the second son of Daniel and 
Patience (luistman) Oale, and the father of 
the subject of this sketch, was born October 
30, 1764. He was a blacksmith, and taught 



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that craft to several of his numerous sons, 
Moses among the others. He was married to 
Smith on April 15, 178S, and they became the 
l)arents of the following children: Mary, 
Abraham, John, Patience, Daniel, Stephen, 
Dolly, Thomas, James, and Moses S. Of this 
family of ten, Moses is the only one now sur- 
viving. 

Moses S. Gale, after acquiring his educa- 
tion in the district school, learned the black- 
smithing trade of his brother Abraham, but 
only followed it for a brief period. He soon 
turned all his attention to farming, a business 
which he has continued extensively and suc- 
cessfully to carry on up to the present time. 
He married Sarah Weeks, the daughter of 
Henry Weeks, of Alton, N.H. Four chil- 
dren, two sons and two daughters, were born 
to them. A brief record of the family is as 
follows: Joseph, died at the age of twenty- 
three years, unmarried; Henry and Laurenia 
died young; and Laurenia, second of the 
name, married George Eastman of Sanborn- 
ton, N.H., and has one child, named for his 
grandfather, Moses Gale. 

Mr. Gale, the worthy descendant of a sturdy 
New England Puritan ancestry, is a man of a 
retiring, unostenatious disposition, assiduous 
in the faithful discharge of all the duties of 
life, and preferring the peaceful attractions of 
home and family to the uncertain and stormy 
joys of a public career. The Gale family for 
generations has been distinguished in the com- 
n-.unity where their modest, useful lives have 
been spent by a certain genial kindliness of 
nature, which has rendered them e.xceedingly 
popular among their neighbors and associates. 
Mr. Moses S. Gale is now one of the oldest 
citizens of Gilmanton, and has retired from 
active business life. He and his estimable 
wife are peacefully passing their declining 
days on their own farm, where they have spent 



so many years in company, and together faced 
the varying vicissitudes of human existence, 
enjoying the respect and esteem of all who 
know them. 



OEL F. SHERBURNE, a prosperous 
farmer of Barrington, was born in this 
town, August 24, 1834, son of Jacob 
and Marinda M. (Meserve) Sherburne. His 
paternal grandfather was Gideon Sherburne; 
and his great-grandfather, John Sherburne, 
came to this country from England, and was 
one of the earliest settlers of Barrington. 
Jacob and Marinda Sherburne had three chil- 
dren, two sons and a daughter; namely, Will- 
iam H., Joel P., and Sally A. Their only 
living child, Joel F. Sherburne, subject of 
this sketch, received a fair education, being 
first an attendant at the district school and 
later at Durham Academy. At the age of 
twenty he went to Tewksbury, Mass., and was 
an officer in the almshouse at that place for 
eight months. Returning home at the end of 
that time, he took charge of the home farm, on 
which he resided until 1883, when he came to 
his present place. He owns two farms, which 
together contain about two hundred acres, and 
he carries on mixed farming with profit. 

Mr. Sherburne has twice married, his first 
wife being in maidenhood Miss Annie Young. 
She bore him four children, three sons and a 
daughter; namely, William H., Frank M., 
Flora E., and Leslie M., all of whom are liv- 
ing. In 1 88 1 he married for his second wife 
Miss Nora E. Richardson, of Barrington, by 
whom he has one child, Joel Rrlph, now thir- 
teen years of age. 

In political views Mr. Sherburne is a Re- 
publican. He has served on the School 
Board for eight years, was Town Collector in 
1872, and Selectman in 1873 and 1S74, being 
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|g)jRNRY SHETARD, a respected citi- 
zen of Laconia, lielknaj) County, 
N.H., was born in Canaan, Grafton 
County, this State, June i6, 1834, son of 
John and Roxanna (Blodgett) Shepard. His 
paternal grandfather, Moses Shepard, was a 
native of Kingston, N.H., where he was a 
highly respected farmer. He married Abigail 
Swett, and they had seven children, namely: 
Moses; John; Mary; Nathaniel; Calvin; 
Abigail; and Luther, who died November 27, 
1896, at Wiilisca, la. Moses Shepard died 
in E^ast Bloomfield, N.Y. Mary married a 
Mr. Blake, and resided in Canaan until her 
death. Nathaniel was a farmer of Canaan. 
He died in Hanover, N.H. Calvin died at 
Belmont in 1889. Abigail married Mr. Blake, 
and died in Enfield, N.H. 

John Sliepard, the father of Henry, was 
born in Kingston, N. H., but subsequently re- 
moved to Canaan, where he was engaged as 
farmer and cattle drover for many years. He 
also dealt in sheep pelts. He served as 
Deputy Sheriff of Grafton County, and as Se- 
lectman of Canaan. He and his wife, Ro.x- 
anna, had five children, of whom three sons 
are now living, as follows: Edwin, who is a 
farmer in Canaan; Henry, of Laconia; and 
Augustus, who resides in Lowell, Mass., and 
has a son and a daughter living in Canaan. 
The two that have passed away are Anna B. 
and John Sanford. Anna B. Shepard married 
Dr. William P. Stone, of Danbury, N.H., and 
they have both since died. They left one 
son, Edward P., a chemist by profession. 
John Sanford Shepard died leaving three sons 
and two daughters. One of his sons is a 
drummer for a large wholesale firm in Boston, 
Mass. The other two sons are in the whole- 
sale grocery business in Franklin, N.H. The 
daughters also, Ro.xie and Eliza, reside in 
P'ranklin. John Sanford Shepard died at the 



age of seventy-one years, while his wife lived 
to be seventy -tiiree years old. 

Henry Shepard, IJie fourth ciiild uf iiis par- 
ents, received an e.xcellent education. After 
attending the common schools he pursued 
courses of study in Canaan and Newbury 
Academies. Subsequently for eight years he 
was engaged in teaching. For fourteen years 
he was the trustworthy engineer of the Bel- 
knap Mills. For some years he was a nurse, 
and then he was appointed janitor of Laconia 
Academy, which position he has acceptably 
filled for ten years. In politics Mr. Shepard 
is a loyal Republican. He served as superin- 
tendent of schools in Enfield, N.I I., for two 
years. He is a member of the following 
fraternal organizations: Mount Lebanon 
Lodge, No. 32, F. & A. M. ; Union Chapter, 
No. 7, R. A. M.; Pythagorean Council, No. 
6, Royal and Select Masters; and Pilgrim 
Commandery, K. T., all of Laconia. 




■^ lELVIN I-:. BABB, who has for 
some time been the (inly undertaker 
in Barnstead and the immediate 
vicinity, and also is successfully engageil in 
farming and in the business of wagon and 
carriage making, was born in Strafford, No- 
vember 9, 1855, son iif .Sampson and .\lmira 
(ICvans) Babb. 

His great-grandfather, Samjistjn Babb, came 
herefrom Barrington, N. IL, settling in North 
Barnstead on the Strafford side, where he took 
up a one-hundredacre tract of wild land 
covered with good timber. At first the grand- 
father built but a part of a house, putting it 
together with wooden pegs instead of nails. 
In the September gale of 1816 the roof was 
blown off, and he was obliged to take his o.\en 
and carry his family to the house of his brother 
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cnt house was put up by him with lumber that 
he cut and hewed, and he shaved the shingles 
with which he covered it. He was a remark- 
ably well-preserved man, and he lived to be 
eighty-five years old. Both brothers bore a 
good reputation for honesty, industry, and tem- 
perate habits. Their trading was done in 
Portsmouth, thirty-five miles distant, the jour- 
ney being made on horseback over a road, or 
trail, indicated by spotted trees. Many of the 
tools they used in farming were rudely fash- 
ionelFout of such material as they were able 
to secure. In the records of the family special 
mention is made of a harrow with wooden teeth 
that was made by Sampson Babb. 

Sampson Babb married Susan Foss, who 
lived over ninety years, and who, to the last, 
was an unusually active woman. They had 
twelve children; namely, Benjamin, Ralph, 
Samuel, Joseph, Fannie, liliza, Sarah, Debo- 
rah, Susan, Abigail, Louis, and Belinda. 
I'"annie and Eliza died young; Samuel resided 
all his lifetime in this neighborhood; Joseph 
died aged about twenty-si.x years; Sarah mar- 
ried Israel Foss, lived for some years in 
Maine, but finally returned to Barnstead, 
where she died; Deborah and Louis did not 
marry; Susan married Peter 13erry, and lived 
in Barnstead; Abigail successively married 
Joseph Holmes and David Goodwin; Belinda 
became the wife of John W. Holmes, of Straf- 
ford, N.H. 

Ralph Babb remained on the homestead, 
which he received in return for caring for his 
parents, and on the condition that he would 
also provide for his sister Deborah, who was 
an invalid. He became a jirosperous farmer 
and stock raiser, was a charter member of the 
Free Baptist church of Strafford, and assisted 
in building the church edifice. He married 
Delilah Mayes, of Barrington, N. H., He 
died at the age of seventy-seven, and she was 



eighty-four at her death. They had si.\ chil- 
dren ; namely, Sam[)son H., Zekiel, Mercy, 
Delilah, Dyer, and Sarah. Zekiel removed 
to Barnstead Parade and afterward lived there. 
Mercy was twice married, first to John Nutter, 
with whom she lived in Gilmanton; and 
secondly to Thomas Berry, with whom she is 
now living in Barnstead. Delilah married 
Joseph Foss, and lived in Dover, N.H. She 
and her husband are now deceased, having left 
five children. Dyer, who was twice married, 
lives at Barnstead Parade; and Sarah is the 
wife of Oliver Evans, of Barnstead Parade. 

Sampson H. Babb, born on the homestead, 
December 30, 1820, from an early age until he 
reached that of twenty assisted his father in 
the work of the farm. He then went to Straf- 
ford to learn the trade of a carpenter, serving 
an apprenticeship of two years. During the 
ne.xt seven years, he was employed in building 
houses and manufacturing sleighs, wagons, 
coffins, etc., in Barnstead. He ne.xt purchased 
a farm in Strafford ; but five years later he 
returned to live with his parents, who were 
becoming feeble with age, and has resided here 
since. He kept up the coffin-making business, 
besides carrying on the farm, to which he has 
added, so that it now contains two hundred 
acres. In 1S94 he relinquished the care of 
the farm to his son, and is now practically re- 
tired. In politics he is a Democrat; in re- 
ligifjn a Free Baptist. Almira, his wife, is a 
daughter of Lemuel Evans, a farmer. They 
have two sons — Melvin E. and Albert. The 
latter, a machinist by trade, is superintendent 
of a shoe shop in Pittsfield, N.H. 

Melvin E. Babb, the elder of his parents' 
two sons, received a district school education. 
Then he learned with his father the trade of 
a carriage maker and general carpenter, also 
those of undertaker and blacksmith. In all 
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a mechanic and business man. As previously 
stated, he is tlie only undertaker in this sec- 
tion, doing work not only here but in Strafford, 
Alton, and Farmington. In connection with 
this branch, he owns an exijensive hearse and 
a pair of horses with harnesses, etc., com- 
])lete. Since his father gave up active labor, 
he has carried on the homestead farm. He is 
a charter member of Crescent Lake Grange, 
and a member of the North Harnstead brass 
band. 



(sj^OHN D. NUTTER, proprietor of a 
well patronized variety store in Barn- 
stead, was born here, March 30, 1848, 
son of William S. and Mary E. (Collins) 
Nutter. The father, also a native of Barn- 
stead, born in 1820, was engaged in farming 
from an early age, until he retired from active 
labor. Also, for several years, he spent the 
winter season in making boots and shoes. He 
had an interest in the Tuttle Mill, now run by 
Thomas F. Seward, which he sold in 1856, 
and later in the Collins Mill, which is located 
in the centre of the town. For the past six 
years he has been living in retirement. He 
served as a member of the Board of Selectmen 
six years, acting as Chairman a part of the 
time. In this office he won the hearty appro- 
bation of his fellow-townsmen by the able and 
conscientious manner in which he attended to 
his duties. He is unusually well inft)rnied 
upon all current topics, and his intelligence 
and worth are sincerely appreciated. In poli- 
tics he is a Democrat. His wife, Mary, was 
a daughter of John H. Collins, formerly a 
prominent mill-man in this town. She became 
by him the mother of five children; namely, 
John D., Charles C, James A., Frank S. , and 
George W. Charles C. , a painter by trade, 
and a resident of Concord, has served in both 
branches of the city government, and is now a 



Representative to the legislature. James A. 
died May 31, 1X91. b'rank S., who resides at 
the homestead, has represented Barnsteail in 
the legislature, and served as a Selectman for 
several years. He is married and has two 
children. George \V. was graduated from the 
medical department of Dartmouth College, 
and began the practice of medicine in Man- 
chester, N. H. Subsequently, compelled by 
failing health to relinquish his practice, he 
removed to Salmon Falls, N.II., where he is 
now a well-known physician and druggist, and 
serves as Moderator at town meetings. While 
residing in Manchester, he was elected to the 
legislature as a Democrat. Mrs. William S. 
Nutter died January 2, 1892. A lady of 
superior intelligence and fine educational at- 
tainments, who was loved and respected by all 
who knew her, she exercised an influence over 
her children that is largely credited with their 
success in life. 

John D. Nutter attended the common 
schools, and assisted in carrying on the farm 
until he was seventeen years old. He tiien 
went to the northern ])art of New York State, 
where he worked in a saw-mill for eighteen 
months. After returning home he was en- 
gaged in shoemaking. About three years ago 
he became the proprietor of a variety store, 
which he has since profitably conducted. In- 
cluded in his stock are wall pajier, sporting 
goods, stationery, and patent medicines. He 
has been identified with local public affairs 
since 18S6, when he was elected to fill a vacancy 
as Supervisor, and he was re-elected in the fol- 
lowing year. In I 888 he was elected a member 
of the Board of Selectmen. To accept this 
office he resigned that of Supervisor, and he 
declined a renomination in the following 
year. He was elected Town Clerk by a hand- 
some majority in 1892, and has since filled 
that office with ability. In 1893 and 1894 he 



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received a iinaninunis vote, and his subsequent 
majorities have been large. He has been 
Superintendent of Police for several years, and 
as Clerk of the School District, a position 
which he has held since 1S91, he has several 
limes polled a unanimous vote. 

Mr. Nutter has been twice married. For 
his first wife he wedded Grace Thurston, 
daughter of Benjamin Thurston, of Belmont. 
By this union he has had two children: Carle- 
ton J., who died aged six months; and Roy 
L.7 ^hb is now a blacksmith. His second 
marriage was contracted with Mrs. Sarah A. 
(limerson) Pendergast, a daughter of George 
\V. Emerson, who was formerly a well-known 
carpenter and cabinet-maker of this town. 
Mr. Emerson was for many years prominent in 
local affairs, having served as a Selectman, 
Town Clerk, Representative to the legislature, 
;ind Deputy Sheriff. Mrs. Nutter is a first 
cou.sin of Judge Lewis Clark. She taught 
school previous to her marriage with George 
E. Pendergast. Born of her first marriage 
were three children, of whom the only sur- 
vivor is residing in IMinnesota. By her pres- 
ent husband she has one son, Ralph L. Mr. 
Nutter is overseer of Barnstead Grange, No. 
119. In politics he supports the Democratic 
party. 

/ ^^^^TlTuRGK II. CHESLEY, a machinist 
Vpl by trade, is now engaged in farming 
in his native town of Barrington, 
Strafford County, N.H. His parents were 
Lemuel and Mary (Merrill) Chesley. His 
father, who was a cooper, settled in Barring- 
ton about the year 1800; and here he resided 
during the remainder of his life, working at 
his trade. He and his wife, Mary, had twelve 
children, namely: Sarah, born February 4, 
1802; John, born October 21, 1S03; Samuel, 
born March 19, 1805; William, born April S, 



1807; Moses, born March 11, 1809; Lucinda, 
born December 17, 1810; David and Andrew 
(twins), born December 6, 18 14; Elizabeth, 
born July 15, 1816; Plummer, born September 
10, 1818; Curtis P., born Novembers, 1820; 
and George H., born December 15, 1822. Of 
these but two are living: George H., the sub- 
ject of the present sketch; and Elizabeth. 

George H. Chesley spent his early years in 
Barrington, and was educated in the common 
schools of this place. At the age of eighteen 
he began working at the machinist's trade, at 
which he served a three years' apprenticeship; 
and he subsequently worked for thirty years or 
more in Boston, New York, and other places. 
Returning to Barrington in 1870, he settled 
on his present farm, which contains about fifty 
acres. 

In 1845 Mr. Chesley married Miss Irene F. 
Ham, who died in 1857, leaving two children: 
Evantia V., born May 13, 1849; and Leroy 
H., born February 9, 1855. Mr. Chesley and 
Miss Elizabeth J. Snell were married in Sep- 
tember', i860. They have a daughter, Isabelle 
Blackburn Chesley, born March 10, 1877. 




HRLSTOPHER HENRY WELLS, 
whose third term as Mayor of Somers- 

^ - worth, N. H., expired a few months 

since, in March, 1897, is widely known as the 
editor and proprietor of the Fin- Pnss and as 
one of the leading Republican politicians of 
Strafford County. He was born in this city, 
July 6, 1S53, and comes of sturdy New Eng- 
land ancestry. His parents were Nathaniel 
and Plliza (Ihom) Wells. The Review gladly 
avails itself of the privilege of here reproduc- 
ing a sketch of his career written by the Hon. 
William D. Knapp: — 

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back to the time of the Norman conquest. It 
is pretty well established that Thomas Wells, 
a physician, who came to Ipswich, Mass., in 
1635, was the earliest emigrant of that name 
who settled in this country, though several 
families of Wells came over soon after. Sav- 
age, in his "Genealogical Dictionary of New 
I'jigland, " states that Thomas Wells came 
to this country in 1635, o" t^he "Susan and 
Ellen," from London, with young Richard 
Saltonstall, when thirty years of age. Thomas 
was thus one of the earliest English inhabi- 
tants of Ipswich. He married Abigail, a 
daughter of William Warner and sister of Dan- 
iel and John Warner, all of them people of 
consideration among the first settlers. In 
June, 1657, he went to Wells, Me., and pur- 
chased several hundred acres of land, but re- 
turned to Ipswich in a few years. On his 
death he left his land in Wells to his son John, 
and for more than a century that town remained 
the home of that line of the family. 

Through Thomas Wells, the son of John, 
and Nathaniel, the son of Thomas, we come to 
Nathaniel Wells, born 1740, died 1816, who, 
during his long and useful life, was known as 
Judge Wells. He was one of the most distin- 
guished and valuable of the inhabitants of 
Wells at that time. In 1760 he was graduated 
from Harvard University, where he took high 
rank. 

Bourne, in his "History of Wells and Ken- 
nebunk," says that Judge Wells was "distin- 
guished for strength of intellect, a tenacious 
memory, deep thought, and an uncommon 
power of argumentation." He filled many 
positions of trust, and his coimsels were much 
relied on by his fellow-townsmen. He was a 
member of several important conventions dur- 
ing the Revolutionary times, and was a special 
justice of the inferior court of common pleas. 
Representative to the legislature, and a mem- 



ber of the Senate. "In fine," says Bourne, 
"his services were sought for on all matters 
of public interest. He was the pco])le's man, 
fitted for any station, and always ready for 
duty. His oijinions carried with them great 
weight, and controlled the action of a majority 
of the people." He was a contemiiorary of 
the Rev. Moses Hemmenway, D. D., a gradu- 
ate of Harvard, an able preacher and writer, 
and one of the most eminent logicians in New 
England. 

Judge Wells's son Nathaniel married Eunice, 
daughter of Dr. Hemmenway before alluded 
to, and settled at Deerfield, N.H., where he 
preached for more than a quarter of a century — 
some of his sermons being nowadays occasion- 
ally published as models of theological effort. 

The father of the subject of this sketch was 
Nathaniel, the third child born to the Rev. 
Nathaniel and Eunice Wells; and his mother, 
whose maiden name was Eliza Thom, was a 
descendant of William Thom, who was born in 
1706 in Scotland, removed to Londonderry, 
Ireland, and after a short residence in the 
north of Ireland was married to Elizabeth 
Wiar, of the same Scotch race. They emi- 
grated to America, and settled in Windham, 
N. H., in 1730. 

Isaac Thom, their son, was the first regular 
physician in Windham of whom there is any 
record, and, as Parker's "History of London- 
derry " says, he became distinguished by the 
discovery and adoption of improved methods of 
practice in certain cases. He was a [)rominent 
and influential citizen of the town, and was a 
member of the Committee of Safety during the 
Revolution. In 1782 he removed to London- 
derry (now Derry), N. H. James, his son, the 
father of Eliza, was also an important man in 
this community. He was a graduate of Dart- 
mouth, and practised law for some years, and 
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newspaper. He held various important public 
offices. The mother of the late Hon. Charles 
H. Ikll was a sister of this James Thom. 
Eliza's mother was Harriet Coffin, the daugh- 
ter of Ur. William Coffin, who before the War 
of the Revolution was a midshipman in the 
British navy. In 1775 he went to Paris, 
France, to complete his education in medicine, 
which was commenced in Boston, after which 
he returned to America, and when the Revolu- 
tion broke out he resigned his commission as 
midshipman in the British navy, and was ap- 
pointed a surgeon on the brig "Tyrannicide," 
a colony cruiser and public armed vessel of 
fourteen guns. 

Nathaniel Wells (fourth) was a lawyer in 
Somersworth from about the year 1835 until his 
death, which occurred in 1878. He was able 
and eminent in his profession, being counsel 
for large corporations and having important in- 
terests intrusted to him for adjustment. The 
writer of this sketch read law in his office, and 
recalls with feelings of gratitude and admira- 
tion the kindness of heart, the keenness of 
thought, the quick perception, and the broad 
common-sense of Mr. Wells. 

Christopher H. Wells received his early 
education in the public schools of Somers- 
worth, and fitted for college in the high school 
under Professor James P. Di.xon. In 1871 he 
entered Bowdoin College, and was graduated 
in 1875. On leaving college he studied law 
with his father and William R. Burleigh, then 
in partnership. While pursuing his law 
studies, he organized and was Captain of the 
famous independent military company known 
as the Great Falls Cadet, which was acknowl- 
edged to be the finest military organization in 
the State. He was admitted to the bar, 
August 15, 1878, being among the first candi- 
dates under the new and strict requirements of 
examination for admission. His father died 



the very day after he was admitted to the bar, 
and Christopher soon afterward formed a law 
partnership with William R. Burlcigli, so lit- 
erally taking his father's place that the name of 
the firm. Wells & Burleigh, was adopted by 
the new firm without change. This partner- 
ship lasted about six years. During this 
period young Wells was a plodding lawyer, 
showing in his methods of thought and action 
many traits like those which had characterized 
his father. He may not have had a full reper- 
tory of the requirements that distinguished the 
popular advocate, but his ability to become 
an eminent attorney and counsellor-at-law in 
the "all around " sense clearly appeared. 

Before he became a lawyer, before he left 
college even, Mr. Wells had aspirations to do 
something in the literary line. Some of his 
earlier efforts with the pen furnished the text 
for private theatricals and dramatic plays. 
Others were published in the local newspaper, 
and still others found a larger public through 
the columns of more widely circulated pajiers 
and periodicals. His success in these tentative 
efforts favored his inclinations, and in 1883 he 
purchased the Free Press publishing and print- 
ing establishment, and decided to be an editor. 
A year or two later he gave up his law busi- 
ness and devoted himself to his new line of 
work. He has made of the Free Press a strong 
local newspaper, and a leader among the 
papers of the State. Its influence is on the 
side of that which is just and right and good, 
and it is warmly devoted to the interests and 
welfare of the community. Its literary tone 
is also good, and it is readable and interesting. 
P'or a number of years after graduation from 
college, he was a member of the School Com- 
mittee, and did good work in the cause of edu- 
cation. He was a member of the legislature 
in 1 88 1, and also in 1883, and served on im- 
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also a member of the ConstitLitional Conven- 
tion of 1889. In 1887-88 he was a member of 
the military staff of Governor Charles H. Saw- 
yer, with the rank of Colonel. 

In March, 1S94, Colonel Wells was elected 
Mayor of Somersworth, which up to that time 
had been strongly Democratic. The Demo- 
cratic majority for Mayor in 1S93 was about 
fifty, but Colonel Wells was triumphantly 
elected by two hundred and sixty-seven Re- 
publican majority. His legal knowledge ad- 
mirably equipped him for the office of Mayor, 
and he proved himself competent to meet and 
decide quickly important questions which 
arose in the course of. the transaction of mu- 
nicipal business. His success as Mayor is 
well established. He endeavored to keep in 
view the best good of the city and the welfare 
of the comnumity, and was the Mayor not of 
any clique or business corporation, but of the 
whole city. After he came into office there 
was a reduction of taxation, and also a reduc- 
tion in the rate of interest on the municipal 
debt, and a very gratifying reform in police 
methods. Laws against disturbances on the 
Lord's day were better enforced, and the moral 
tone of the city thereby much improv-ed. He 
was re-elected Mayor in 1895, and again in 
1S96, and served out his third term. During 
his mayoralty the city established a municipal 
water-work system, with one of the finest 
pimij)ing stations in the country, and a covered 
sand-filter also has completed its sewer system. 
As a speaker Colonel Wells does not pos- 
sess all the powers or tricks of oratory (for 
instance, the trick of hesitating in order to 
make the iie.xt word more impressive), but he 
is forcible and earnest in his delivery, and is 
sure to engage the attention of his audience 
for the reason that he has something to say. 
He has made a number of political speeches 
with marked success. As a presiding officer 



he is well verseil in parliamentary law, anil 
prompt anil ready in his decisions. His 
efforts in this line at the banquets of the 
Strafford County Republican Club and at 
other meetings have been referred to in the 
most complimentary terms. Colonel Wells 
has always been a Republican in jwlitics. He 
has political influence, not only in the city and 
county, but also in the State. He is a mem- 
ber of Libanus Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of this 
city, and is a thirty-second degree Mason. 
He is also a member of other fraternal organ- 
izations, of the Sons of the American Revo- 
lution and of several press clubs and associa- 
tions. 

As a citizen he is public spirited and gener- 
ous, always ready to devote time, money, and 
both physical and mental efforts to the public 
good. He is a trustee of the Somersworth 
Savings Bank, a director in the local library, 
also in two improvement associations, and has 
been identified with the growth and progress 
of Somersworth in recent years. In all im- 
portant projects for the increase of business 
enterprises, and the opportunities for labor re- 
quiring contributions of money, he has been 
among the foremost in zeal and liberality. If 
not the first, he was among the first to inaug- 
urate the movement which resulted, in Febru- 
ary, 1893, in obtaining a charter and establish- 
ing the city of Somersworth. 

Mr. Wells is a member of the society con- 
nected with the Congregational church, of 
which his father was a member, and his grand- 
father and two of his uncles were able and 
worthy ministers in the same denomination. 

Mr. Wells was marrieii June 15, 1887, to 
Miss Ora Hartford, of Dover, N.H., a lady of 
refinement and elegant taste, qualified to at- 
tract and retain friendships. Though quiet 
and unobtrusive, she can entertain with genu- 
ine |)olitencss. Their home presents a pleas- 



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ing combination of tasto and culture, comfort 
without luxury, and elegance without display. 
In society Mr. Wells is agreeable and witty, 
genial and happy. He enjoys an intellectual 
feast, and is able to make liberal contributions 
to the entertainment. He has moved his print- 
ing and ])ublishing establishment into new 
quarters, and now has one of the finest offices 
to be found in New England. 



AME.S KLIOT FERNALD, late of 
Farmington, Strafford County, N.H., 
was for many years one of the leading 
merchants of the town and a citizen of promi- 
nence. He was born September 29, 1830, in 
Springvale, Me. ; and on July 28, 1895, in the 
si.\ty-fifth year, of his age, sustained and 
soothed by an unfaltering trust, he passed 
through the portals we call death, leaving a 
devoted family and hosts of friends to mourn 
his loss. 

Mr. Fernald was of distinguished ancestry, 
being a lineal descendant of Dr. Reginald 
Fernald, who was among the earliest settlers 
of Portsmouth, N. H., being a leading man in 
the colony, and the original owner of Fer- 
nald's Island, the present site of the Ports- 
mouth Navy Yard. Robert Fernald, father of 
James Eliot, was engaged in mercantile pur- 
suits at Springvale, Me., in his earlier man- 
hood days, but later removed to .South Ber- 
wick, and there made his permanent home. 
He married Apphia Coffin, who bore him 
seven children, namely: Charles; James E., 
subject of this sketch; John; Martha; Lewis; 
Maria ; and Sarah. He had a former marriage, 
the fruit of the union being a daughter Betsey. 
James E. P'ernald was but a child when his 
parents removed to South Berwick, where he 
was reared and educated, and for a time was 
employed as a clerk by Elisha Jewett and also 



by William Morton. In 1S51 he came to Farm- 
ington, accepting a jjosition in the store of 
Pierce, Jewett & Flynn, and the ne.xt year was 
made Station Agent on the Dover & Winnipi- 
seogee Railway in this town. He was subse- 
quently made a conductor on the road, having 
charge of a train running from Alton Bay to 
Dover, and for three years made his home at 
Alton Bay. In 1857 Mr. Fernald returned to 
P'armington and established the business in 
which he was afterward engaged until his 
demise. In a building owned by Jeremy 
and Alonzo Nute, and located at the en- 
trance of East Grove Street, he opened a 
general variety store, dealing in dry goods, 
groceries, hardware, etc. By application to 
his business he was so successful that in a few 
years he was able to buy the building at the 
corner of Main and Central Streets known 
many years ago as Steamboat Hotel. Into 
this he put a stock of such goods as were then 
found in a first-class village store, and in the 
years that followed built up a substantial and 
prosperous business. This store was known 
far and wide as the Old Corner Store, and 
around its huge and friendly stove men gath- 
ered in winter evenings while the owner stood 
busy at his desk, handed out the mail — for 
part of this time he was the village Post- 
master — or waited upon his many customers. 
The great enterprise of Mr. Fernald's life 
was the establishment of the Farmington .AVu'j', 
one of the best local and family newspapers 
in the State, the best and most enduring 
monument to his business ability. Stowed 
away in an unused corner of the office is a 
small old-style novelty press, on which Mr. 
Fernald learned the rudiments of the printer's 
art. From this printing outfit was evolved the 
Farmington Nc-zcs of today, with its quarter- 
medium, super-royal, and Babcock presses run 
by steam-power, together with all the machin- 




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ery and improvements of a first-class news- 
paper and job printing office. Mr. Fernald 
was a self-made, self-educated, and thoroughly 
practical man. A thorough mechanic, his 
knowledge of machinery was something re- 
markable, and the Ar7<.'S office bears testimony 
thereto. The establishment of the Xc7l's was 
made by Mr. Fernald mainly in view of the 
talent of his only son, George W. , which 
promised success in the editing of the sheet. 
After the decease of the son on November 2, 
1890, Mr. Fernald continued the publication 
of the A'rzus, on lines known to have been con- 
sidered by his son, until his own death, July 
28, 1895. The property is now in the hands 
and under the supervision of his wife, from 
whom it receives careful attention. 

Mr. Fernald was prominent and influential 
in financial, religious, and political circles, 
being officially connected with the local banks 
and with the Congregational church ; and al- 
though a strong Democrat, he served as Town 
Treasurer under a Republican administration, 
this fact alone showing the high estimation in 
which he was held by the community. He 
also served as Chairman of the Board of Se- 
lectmen for two or three years. He was a 
Mason in Fraternal Lodge, F. & A. M., of 
Farmington; and was also a member of the 
Knights of Pythias and of the Knights of 
Honor, and did much to promote the advance- 
ment of each order. 

A devoted friend has well said: "Mr. Fer- 
nald was most faithful and watchful of the 
interests placed in his care, and his word was 
as good as his bond. Every worthy cause was 
sure to receive his aid and merit to find a 
helpful hand. He (like the lamented son, 
who was his father's devoted friend and com- 
panion) would have suffered much rather than 
advance anything which would tend to public 
wrong. " 



In all things he was faithful unln death, and 
well might the words of the poet be inscrilied 
upon his monument : — 

" l!y liim llic truest rest is won 
Who toils beneath the noonday sun. 
Faithful until his work is done." 

On May 12, 1S53, Mr. Fernald married 
Miss Laura A., daughter of the late Judge and 
Mrs. George L. Whitchouse, who survives 
him. Mr. and Mrs. Fcrnald's only child, 
George W. , a civil engineer and railway con- 
structor, died November 2, i.Sgo, at the age of 
thirty-six years, leaving a widow and one 
daughter. Miss licssic Fernald. A full and 
complete sketch of the son will be fmind in 
another part of this work. 



rffllOSEni L. ODELL, a retired druggi.st 
of Lakeport, ]?elknap County, was born 
in New Hampton, this county, March 
12, 1831, son of William and Hannah (Tuttle) 
Odell. His earliest known ancestor, Thomas 
Odell, resided in Stratham, N.II., and had two 
sons: Thomas, of Nottingham; and James, of 
Stratham. Thomas, of Nottingham, was the 
father of six sons, namely : John, of Durham, 
N. H. ; James, of Salem, Mass. ; Jacob, of 
Durham ; Noah, of ]?oston, Mass. ; Joseph, of 
Sanbornton, this county; and one of Iowa. 

Joseph Odell, the grandfather of Joseph L., 
was a farmer and shoemaker in .Sanbornton, 
and officiated as Deacon of the Calvinist Ibj)- 
tist church. He married a Miss Ford, and 
they had six sons: Jacob and Joseph, of San- 
bornton; William, of Laconia; Ebenezer and 
David, of Sanbornton ; and Ira, of Randolph, 
Mass. The father died when he was compara- 
tively young. William Odell, the father of 
Joseph L. , was born in 1804. He became a 
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years, taught a singing-school, and was a Dea- 
con and chorister of the Free l?aptist church. 
His wife, Hannah, who was a daughter of 
Stonghton Tuttle, of Nottingham, had five 
children hy him. These were: Nancy, who 
was horn in New Hampton, N.H. ; Sarah, who 
was a native of Laconia; Mary E. , who died 
in Montreal, Can. ; Mary Anna, who died in 
Lakeport; and Joseph L. , the subject of this 
biography. The mother, who was born in 
1 802, died at the age of fifty-eight years; the 
father died in 1862, at the same age. 

Joseph L. Odell acquired his education in 
the common schools of liis native town and 
Gilford Academy. He was afterward a teacher 
for a number of years. In 1854 he established 
a drug store in Lakeport, which he managed 
successfully until his retirement in 1S92, a 
period of thirty-eight years. In his political 
affiliations Mr. Odell is a Republican. He 
was Justice of the Peace for thirty years. 
During the late war he was a recruiting 
officer and now does much pension business. 
In 1863 he was elected Selectman in Laconia 
and served three years. In 1864-65 be was 
Representative to the legislature, serving on 
the I'^ngrossing Committee. For fifteen years 
he was an efficient member of the town Board 
of lulucation, and for the past three years he 
has served on the Laconia School Board. 
Since the incorporation of Lake Village 
Savings Hank, he has served as a Director of 
that institution ; and he has been a member 
of its examining committee for several years. 
The office of Town Treasurer was also accept- 
ably filled for a period by him. In 1896 he 
was appointed Associate Justice of the Lake- 
jjort Police Court. 

Mr. Odell in 1854 married Abbie Swain, a 
native of Morgan, Vt. Born March 17, 1834, 
she died March 4, 1895, leaving one son, 
Willis P. Willis P. Odell was a student in 



Tilton Academy, and was graduated from Bos- 
ton University in 18S0, which institution has 
conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of 
Divinity, and in 1896 that of Doctor of 
Philosophy. He officiated as Pastor of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church at Cliftondale, 
Mass., for three years; at Salem, Mass., for 
three years; in Maiden, Mass., for five years; 
of the Delaware Avenue Church of Buffalo, 
N.Y., for five years ; and in 1895 he was ap- 
pointed to preach in the Richmond Avenue 
Methodist Episcopal Church of the same city, 
over which be has been settled one year. 

Mr. Joseph L. Odell exercises much influ- 
ence in church affairs. At the age of eleven 
years he joined the Free Baptist Church, and 
for over forty years he has officiated as super- 
intendent of the .Sunday-school, being ne.xt to 
the oldest member now living. He has been 
actively identified with temperance organiza- 
tions, serving as Secretary of the Grand Lodge 
of Good Templars for eight years, and for 
more than twenty years managing a Band of 
Hope Society which he organized. He intro- 
duced the temperance pledge into the public 
schools; and he has the names of four hundred 
children in Ward Si.x who have signed the 
pledge. In 1888 he made an extensive lui- 
ropean tour, visiting the Holy Land, Switzer- 
land, Italy, Alexandria, ascending the Nile to 
Cairo, and returning home by way of Athens, 
Milan, and Paris. 



JRA B. HILL, a prosperous farmer of 
Durham, Strafford County, was born 
at Northwood, Rockingham Count)', 
N. H., March 10, 1845. He was educated 
chiefly at Northwood and Strafford Academies, 
and continued to live on the farm where he 
was born until 1870, when, at the age of 
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engaged as clerk for three years in the store of 
John P. Hill. From Dover he went to Pitts- 
fieUl, where he worked in a store until 1876, 
when he came to Din-ham and i)urchased the 
farm upon which he now resides. He is here 
profitably engaged in general farming and 
dairying. The farm contains about one hun- 
dred and twenty acres, and is pleasantly lo- 
cated on the road from Dover to Lee, being 
about four miles west of Dover. 

Mr. Hill was married in 1876 to Miss 
Frances Randall, of Lee, N.}L, and they have 
two children — Harry R. and Frank H., both 
of whom reside at home. 

Mr. Hill is a stanch Republican, and in 
1S93 was a Representative to the Lower House 
of the New Hampshire legislature. He has 
also served as Town Supervisor four years. 




ALDO KIRK HH.L, a prominent 
resident of P^ast Tilton, and a mem- 
ber of the firm of Stone & Hill, 
contracting masons, was born in Sanbornton, 
December 18, 1868, son of Charles K. and 
Ruth M. (Ilunkins) Hill. His great-grand- 
father, Joseph H. Hill, born in Bow, N. H., 
was a son of the original ancestor of the fam- 
ily in America, who came from the North of 
Ireland. It is thought that the birth of Jo- 
seph H. Hill must have taken place between 
the years 1765 and 1771, as his grandson, 
Charles, remembered hearing him say that he 
was nine or ten years old at the time of the 
Revolutionary War. He was known as Hemp 
Hill, according to Father Crockett's record 
of his marriage, which was contracted Decem- 
ber 25, 1799, with Hannah, daughter of Jo- 
seph Oilman, who was probably a resident of 
Row. Joseph H., or Hemp Hill, settled in 
Sanbornton, where he resided for the rest of 
his life. He was the father of nine children. 



of whom Aaron, grandfather of Waldo K., 
was the youngest. 

Aaron Hill was born in Sanliornton, April 
19, 1819. His opportunities for accjuiring 
an education were limited, and when a mere 
boy he began to learn the mason's trade. He 
followed that calling in connection with farm- 
ing, gaining the reputation of an excellent 
workman, and died April 10, 1873. Politi- 
cally, he was a Democrat. He married Fli/.a- 
beth Sanborn, who was born August 4, 1822, 
daughter of David Sanborn, of Sanbornton. 
Si.x of her seven chiklren grew to maturity; 
namely, Charles K. , George E., Frank D., 
Sarah E. , Fred A., and Mary A. Sarah E. 
married George L. Gladding, and Mary A. 
married Frank P. Dalton. The father was a 
chorister of the Methodist Episcopal church at 
East Tilton, of which he and his wife were 
members. 

Charles K. Hill, the father of Waldo K., 
was born in Sanbornton, April 28, 1847. At 
the age of si.xteen he commenced his apjiren- 
ticeship at the mason's trade, afterward be- 
coming a skilful and reliable workman. He 
had the energy and ability necessary to suc- 
ceed in life, but he died in 1S75, aged twenty- 
eight years, regretted by many who esteemed 
him highly. He was a member of the Odd 
I'ellows Lodge in Laconia. In politics he 
supported the Democratic party. His wife, 
Ruth, was born March 20, 1849, daughter of 
Josiah Colby. She was adopted by Hezekiah 
Hunkins, who changed her name to Ruth 
Melinda Hunkins, and she was married under 
that name. She became the mother of two 
children — Waldo K. and Adna E. Charles 
K. Hill was a member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. 

Waldo K. Hill was educated in the public 
schools of his native town, and afterward 
learned the mason's trade with liis uncle, 



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Frank D. Hill. In 1866 a partnership was 
formed between Mr. Hill and his uncle, under 
the firm name of Hill & Ilill, and they carried 
on a good business for about twenty-three 
years. In i88g Henry H. Stone, of Laconia, 
was received into the firm, which is now 
known as Stone & Hill. The partners are 
favorably known throughout the State as 
capable and reliable contractors. In their 
business they eniplo)- an average of forty-five 
men. Waldo K. Hill is personally recognized 
as an enterprising and progressive young busi- 
ness man, and is very popular in this locality. 
He served as Supervisor for two terms, and he 
has also been Highway Agent. 

l-'rank D. Hill, the senior member of the 
firm, acquired a common-school education, 
spent his youth upon the farm, and learned 
the mason's trade. On January i, 1878, he 
wedded Mary Jane Dalton, daughter of John 
Dalton, of Sanbornton. In politics he is a 
Democrat. He is connected with Arch 
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and with Winnis- 
quam Grange of East Tilton. Mrs. Hill is a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church. 



IDWIN C. LEWIS, of the Laconia 
Dcniocrat, is a man whose word, 
written or spoken, has much weight 
with his fellow-citizens. He was born in 
New Hampton, Belknap County, N.H., No- 
vember 28, 1836, a son of Rufus G. and Sally 
(Smith) Lewis, and comes of an enterprising 
and well-to-do family. 

Rufus G. Lewis, son of Moses Lewis, was 
born in Bridgewater, now Bristol, Grafton 
County, in September, 1800. In early man- 
hood, going to New Hampton, he entered the 
store of his future father-in-law, Daniel 
Smith, whom he eventually succeeded in busi- 
ness, and, establishing several branch stores, 



developed increasing responsibilities. He did 
not confine himself to mercantile operations 
alone, but made successful ventures in other di- 
rections; and in i S48 he and his brother, with 
another gentleman, bought out the Alabama 
Land Company. Some of the property pur- 
chased at that time is still in the possession of 
the Lewis family, and is yearly increasing in 
value with the development of the New South. 
In politics originally a Whig and an enthusias- 
tic admirer of Daniel Webster, who was coun- 
sel for his father. Colonel Rufus G. Lewis 
was afterward converted to the Democratic 
side. He belonged to the State militia, as 
did his father. In the temperance cause he 
was intensely interested, and he lived up to 
his principles, being the first merchant in 
New Hampton to stop selling intoxicating 
liquor. The house in which he lived was the 
first raised in the town without rum. 

A public-spirited citizen, Colonel Lewis 
obtained the charter of the present New 
Hampton Institution, to which he gave from 
his own private resources fifteen thousand dol- 
lars. He was a member of the Orthodo.x Con- 
gregational church at Bristol. Kind-hearted 
and generous, he was courteous and agreeable 
in his manners, and was beloved by rich and 
poor. His death occurred in the fall of 1869. 
His wife, who was the youngest daughter of 
Daniel Smith, one of the most enterprising 
and successful merchants ever known in the 
history of New Hampton, died in 1878, aged 
seventy-two years. They reared four chil- 
dren, namely: Rufus; Edwin C. ; Sarah 
Eliza, wife of Frank C. Gordon, of Biddeford; 
and James P., who for the past twenty-five 
years has been employed in the post-ofifice de- 
partment at Washington, D. C. 

Edwin C. Lewis fitted for college at New 
Hampton, and was graduated at Harvard in 
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office of Swcetscr & Gardner at Lowell, Mass., 
but his studies were interrupted by his father's 
serious illness, and ho did not resume thcni. 
In July, 1878, in company with Freil \V. San- 
born, he purchased the Laconia Democrat , a 
weekly paper, which was for the next four 
years under the management of Lewis & San- 
born. Mr. Sanborn then retired, and was 
succeeded by Messrs. ]?rown & Vaughan. 
They have enlarged the paper to twice its 
original size, so that it is now an eight-page, 
fifty-six column weekly. With his liberal ed- 
ucation and his knowledge of the world, Mr. 
Lewis is well qualified for the editorial chair, 
and the paper is one of the brightest weeklies 
published in the State. As its name implies, 
it is devoted to the interests of the Demo- 
cratic party. Mr. Lewis served for two years 
as County Treasurer. In 1890 he was a mem- 
ber of Governor Tuttle's Council, associated 
with Mr. Ramsdell, now Governor of the 
State. He has served on the Laconia School 
]?oard, and has for years been a Trustee and a 
member of the Executive Committee of the 
New Hampton Institution. 

In 1890 he was united in marriage with 
Eliza B. , daughter of David and Sally (Wal- 
lace) Hilton, of Sandwich, N.H. He was 
Master of Union Lodge, No. 79, F". & A. M., 
of Bristol, N.H., for a number of years; and 
is a member of Union Chapter, No. 7, 
R. A. M.; and Pilgrim Commandcry, K. T. , 
of Laconia. He attends public worship at the 
Orthodox Congregational Church. 




illARLES H. BERRY, an active and 
enterprising manufacturer of Farming- 
ton, was born April 7, 1859, in the 
town and county of Strafford, son of Plummcr 
O. and Abbie A. E. (French) Berry. He is 
of English descent, and his paternal grand- 



father, Peter Berry, was the founder of the 
family in this county, having settled in Straf- 
ford when a young man. I'hmimer (). Hcrr)' 
was brought u]i on a farm, and, becoming 
familiar with its labors while yet a youth, he 
continued in agricultural pursuits, remaining 
in Strafford until toward the close of his life. 
Removing then to I-'armington he afterward 
made this his home, dying here in 18S7, aged 
fifty-eight years. He married Miss Abbie 
A. I'^ I'"rench, of Barnstead, who bore him 
four children, as follows: Charles H., the 
subject of tills biography; Susan I., now the 
wife of John B. Leighton, of ]""armington ; 
Levi F., who died in March, 1871, at the age 
of eleven years; and Ardcna, the wife of Tim- 
othy E. Brecn, of this town. 

Charles H. Berry attended the schools of 
his native town until about twenty years of 
age, and for three years thereafter assisted in 
the management of the home farm. The en- 
suing three years he spent in Connecticut cm- 
ployed in various capacities. P'rom there he 
went to Concord, N.IL, where he sjient three 
years as an attendant at the asylum. In 1871 
Mr. Berry came to Farmington, and for the 
first four years of his stay he was successfully 
engaged as a confectionery manufacturer and 
dealer. He then established his present busi- 
ness of manufacturing heels and soles, in 
which he has been exceedingly prosperous, his 
energy, industry, and wise management meet- 
ing with a well-merited reward. 

On April 11, 1893, Mr. Berry married 
Miss Clara Barker, of I-'armingtim, a daughter 
of Hiram and Maria (Hayes) l?arker, and a 
sister of Hiram H. Barker, whose biography 
on another page gives a more extended history 
of her ancestors. Mr. Berrv takes no active 
part in local affairs, but is an earnest supporter 
of the principles of the Democratic ]iarty. 
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K. of I'., of Farming-ton, and a prominent 
worker in the organization. Mr. and Mrs. 
In-rry arc inroad in their religious views, while 
they are liheral contributors toward the sup- 
port of the Congregational church, which they 
regularly attend. 

/ ^TlToRGK V. CARD, a well-known 
V 5T resident of I'^armington, and one of 
the brave men who fought for the 
Union in the Civil War, is a New Hampshire 
man by birth, having been born July 28, 1842, 
in New Castle, Rockingham County. His 
grandfather, who was a pioneer settler of that 
section of the State, came of good old English 
stock. Edward Card, also a native of New 
Castle, was a seafaring man, much of his life 
having been spent in island fishing. He died 
at his early home in 1853, aged forty-five 
years. He possessed the habits of industry, 
honesty, and thrift, characteristic of the true 
New linglander, and was held in high regard 
as a man. While he was a Whig in politics, 
he never sought public ofifice. He married 
l-'rances A. Francis, also of New Castle. Of 
their eleven children, si.\ are living; namely, 
William W., Thomas J., George V., James 
W., Charles G., and Fannie A. Fannie A. 
is the widow of Albert Dawkins, late of 
Haverhill, Mass. 

George V. Card obtained his education, 
such as it was, in the town of his birth. 
Leaving school at the age of eleven, he fol- 
lowed the sea for a year or more. He came 
to Farmington in 1859 to learn the shoe- 
maker's trade, and since that time, excluding 
three years spent in the army, he has been 
prosperously engaged in the shoe business in 
this locality. On August 11, 1862, he en- 
listed in Company C, Thirteenth New Hamp- 
shire Volunteer Infantry, of which C. O. 
Hradley was appointed Captain, under the 



command of Colonel A. 1'". Stevnes. With 
his regiment he took part in the battles of 
Fredericksburg and the siege of Suffolk, and 
the engagements at Cold Harbor, Kingsland 
Creek, Providence Church Road, Walthall 
Road, Drewry's Bluff, and Redoubt McConie; 
and he was at the front in the mine explosion 
at Petersburg and in the capture of Richmond. 
At the close of the war he was honorably dis- 
charged with the rank of Corporal, ha\'ing 
been but five days away from his regiment 
during his entire term. On returning to 
Farmington, Mr. Card resumed work at his 
former trade in the shoe factory of the late cx- 
Congressman A. Nute, where he remained 
until Mr. Nute's death in 1885. Mr. Card is 
a strong Republican in jiolitics, and he now 
represents this town in the General Court at 
Concord, to which he was elected for a term 
of two years in 1896. He is very prominent 
and influential in Carlton Post, No. 24, 
G. A. R., of which he was Commander three 
years. Adjutant four years, and is now the 
Officer of the Day. He was al.so for three 
years on the staff of Dejiartment Commanders 
Corliss, Wyatt, and Linahan Farr. 

Mr. Card was married September 28, 1862, 
to Miss Nancy J. Sampson, of Dexter, Mc. , 
daughter of William D. Sampson. They arc 
the parents of seven children, three of whom 
have died. The survivors are: Gertrude E. , 
Lizzie B. , Edward F., and Faith. The family 
attend the Baptist church. Mr. Card is one 
of its active members, and was for some years 
superintendent of its Sunday-school. 



ON. JOHN CARROLL MOUL- 
TON, to whose enterprise and pub- 
lic spirit Laconia and the lake 
region of New Hampshire are largely indebted 
for their present stage of development, be- 




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longed to one of the oldest families, both in 
this country and in England. The "Dooms- 
day Book," wliich was compiled A.n. 1086, 
shows that bearers of the original name Pe 
Miilton accompanied William the Conqueror, 
in his invasion of England, and subsequently 
aided him in subjugating the country. 
Thomas do Multon, known to the Normans as 
Lord de Vau.\, and called Lord Gillesland in 
Cumberland, was a favorite of Richanl I., ac- 
cording to Sir Walter Scott in "The Talis- 
man," and was probably tiie Thomas dc Mul- 
ton who signed the Magna Charta in 121 5. 
Another Thomas de Multon, whose signature 
appears in the great charter of King Edward 
L, granted in 1297, is believed to have been a 
grandson of the first Thomas. Sir Thomas de 
Multon owned Multon Hall in Wilberton, 
Cumberland County, now an interesting ruin, 
and the heads of the family were Lords of 
Egmoiit, in the same county. The arms borne 
by the different branches of the family differed 
only in minor details until 1571, when the 
escutcheon received the following: "Moulton 
— argent, three bars; gules between eight es- 
calop shells, sable; 3-22-1, crest on pellet, a 
falcon rising argent." No less than seven 
representatives came to this countiy in the 
earliest days of the Colonies. One of these 
went to the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. 
John and Thomas Moulton, of Norfolk County, 
England, who made the voyage in 1635, and 
settled in Newbury, Mass., became residents 
of Hampton, N. H., in 1638, as shown by the 
presence of their nanies in the list of the first 
settlers of that place. 

The John Moulton just referred to, born in 
England in 1599, was the founder of the 
American family to which the subject of this 
sketch belonged. A leading man among the 
settlers of Hampton, lie represented them in 
the General Court in 1639. ]5y his wife, 



Anne, he became the father of seven children 
— Henry, Mary, Anna, Jane and Bridget 
(twins), Jiihu, .111(1 Ruth. John, Jr., a native 
of Ncwiniry, born in 1638, was a Lieutenant. 
He married Lydia Taylor, whose fatiier, An- 
thony Taylor, was also one of the first settlers 
of Hampton. Born of the union were: 
Martha, John, Lydia, Daniel, James, N;ithan, 
David, Anna, Lydia, Jacob, and Raciiel. 
Jacob, who was born in i68<S, on December 
10, 1714, married Sarah Smith. Siie died in 
1739, and his death occurred in 1751. Their 
children were: Sarah, Lydia, Nathan, Doro- 
thy, Jonathan, and John. 

Jonathan, afterward known as General 
Moulton, the great-grandfather of John Carroll 
Moulton, was born in 1726. In I7'')3 he and 
si.\ty-one others were granted the Moultonboro 
township. The following story of the manner 
in which he alone obtained tlic grant now 
covered by Centre Harbor and New IIani])ton 
illustrates the shrewdness for which he was 
distinguished: "Having a very fine o.\, weigh- 
ing fourteen hundred pounds, fattened for the 
purpose, he drove it to Portsmouth, and made 
a present of it to Governor Wentworlh. He 
refused any compensation, but said he would 
like a charier of a small gore adjoining Moul- 
tonboro." The Governor granted this simple 
request, "which ]iut General Moulton in ])os- 
session of a tract thereafter called by him 
New Hampton, containing nineteen thousand, 
four hundred and twenty-two acres." His 
rank of General was won by meritorious ser- 
vices in the Revolution, lie having ]ireviously 
fought bravely in the Indian Wars. In 1777 
he had charge of the important post at Sara- 
toga. He was a Reiirescntative in the Gen- 
eral Court from 1755 to 1758, and in July, 
1774, he was one of the four delegates sent to 
the Provincial Congress at Exeter, which was 
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the Continental Congress. Iksiclcs aiding 
largely in developing the district north of the 
lake, he is credited with having brought Moul- 
tonboro, N. H., and Centre Harbor into exist- 
ence. His death occurred in 1788. 

Hy his first wife, Abigail Smith Moulton, 
he became the father of Benning Moulton, 
who, born May 21, 1761, settled in Centre 
Harbor in 1783, and died there December 23, 
1834. In 17S2, November 7, Bcnning mar- 
ried Sally Leavitt, who bore him six children 
— .Nancy, Jonathan Smith, Thomas L., Ben- 
ning, John H., and Elizabeth. Nancy mar- 
ried Jonathan Moulton, and Elizabeth became 
the wife of Daniel Hilton. Jonathan Smith 
Moulton, the father of John Carroll, was a na- 
tive of Centre Harl^or, born November 14, 
1785. He was profitably engaged in a mer- 
cantile business, at the same time carrying on 
a large farm. In politics he supported" the 
Democratic party. He died March 17, 1855. 
His wife, Deborah Ncal Moulton, whom he 
married in November, 1808, passed away in 
Boston, January 24, 1886, at the venerable age 
of ninety-seven years. Both were members of 
the Universalist church. They had eleven 
children, namely: William Carroll, who died 
in infancy; John Carroll, deceased; Sarah 
Ann, Mrs. Simon Crane, of Boston; Amanda 
Melvina, who died in infancy; Otis Monroe, 
deceased; Charles Smith, deceased; Frances 
Maria, Mrs. Moses Fairbanks, of Boston ; An- 
drew McCleary, deceased; Joseph Neal, de- 
ceased; John S. O., of Boston; and Abea 
VVentworth, Mrs. Charles H. Somes, of 
Chicago. 

John Carroll Moulton was bom December 
24, 1810, at Centre Harbor, N.H. After the 
usual attendance at the district school, he 
spent several terms at Holmes's Academy in 
Plymouth, N.H., and was subsequently under 
the instruction of Master Dudley Leavitt, the 



distinguished mathematician and astronomer. 
On leaving Mr. Leavitt's care he had acquired 
a proficiency in mathematics that proved very 
useful to him afterward. His vacations were 
generally employed in assisting his father on 
the farm or in the store. He began business 
on his own account in Sandwich, Carroll 
County; but after a few months there he 
transferred the venture to Centre Harbor, 
where he was more prosperous. In 1833 he 
started the first hotel in the place, and con- 
ducted it for some time very successfully. 
Three years later he engaged in a manufactur- 
ing business in Lake Village. He came to 
Laconia, then Meredith Bridge, in 1841, and 
here resided for the rest of his life, becoming 
a most potent factor in the town's subsequent 
progress. His first enterprise was the Belk- 
nap Hotel, which he conducted in a manner 
to make it quite popular. Then he sold books 
and drugs for a time. After that he was ap- 
pointed Postmaster of the village by President 
Tyler, was reappointed by President Polk, and 
had held the office for six )^ears when he was 
removed by President Taylor for what would 
be described to-day as "offensive jiartisan- 
ship." President Pierce restored him to 
office, and he was retained in it by President 
Buchanan; but, shortly after the beginning of 
President Lincoln's administration, he was 
superseded by a Republican. 

In 1 86 1 Mr. Moulton was received into 
partnership by the celebrated Laconia Car 
Company, the successors of Charles Ran let & 
Co., freight-car manufacturers. The celebrity 
of the firm was won afterward, chiefly through 
the personal attention Mr. Moulton gave to 
the business. With the lapse of time the 
shops were frequently enlarged, the number of 
workmen was increased, so that the pay roll 
showed a monthly disbursement of eight thou- 
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cars was added that of the finest passenger 
cars. When the entire factory was destroyed 
by fire in February, 1881, Mr. Moulton im- 
mediately began to rebuild it, and in less than 
a month work was resumed. This remari<al)le 
instance of energy was given by Mr. Moulton 
in his seventy-first year, and when, with the 
ample fortune he had then acquired, he might 
have justifiably retired from business. His 
connection with the company continued for 
nine years more, after which he withdrew. 
The firm has since gone out of business. In 
1865 he conceived the idea of establishing the 
Laconia National Bank, to accommodate the 
business interests of the town. After much 
trouble he obtained the requisite charter, car- 
ried the project into effect, and thereafter 
served the institution in the capacity of Presi- 
dent for the remainder of his life. Dating 
from 1868 he was the sole proprietor of the 
Gilford Hosiery Corporation, whose annual 
output averaged about one hundred anil 
twenty-five thousand dollars, and which gave 
employment to many operatives, chiefly 
women and girls. He and Benjamin E. 
Thurston owned and conducted the flour and 
grain mill at I^aconia. On one of his later 
birthdays he commenced the erection of the 
Moulton Opera House in Laconia, which was 
opened August 23, 1887, with Rene, then 
starring with the Redmund-Barry company. 

On July 15, 1833, Mr. Moulton was married 
to Nellie 15. Senter, daughter of Samuel M. 
Senter, a descendant of Colonel Joseph Senter, 
one of the earliest settlers of Centre Harbor. 
Tile chiUlren of this marriage were: Edwin 
C, Samuel M. S., William H., Horatio P., 
and Ida L. Edwin C, who became a prosper- 
ous business man, is now deceased. Samuel 
was associateil with his father in various enter- 
prises. He was also connected with the La- 
conia Street and Gas Light Company, first as 



foreman, and then as Treasurer, and served for 
a time successively in the New Hampshire 
Volunteers and the United States Cavalry. 
He ilied May i 1, i S96, aged forty-eight years, 
nine months, and ten days. William H. died 
young. Horatio F. , now a resident of Cali- 
fornia, where he is engaged in the paving 
business, was formerly the superintendent of 
a hosiery mill in Columbia, S.C. Ida L., 
after receiving her education in St. Mary's 
Convent School at Manchester, N.H., was 
married November 2, 1870, to Joshua Bennett 
Holden, of Boston. 

Mr. Holden, who was born in Woburn, 
Mass., March 5, 1850, is prominent in Massa- 
chusetts politics. Having serveil for two 
years in the Boston Common Council, and for 
two years more in tiie Massachusetts House of 
Representatives, he is now a member of the 
State Senate, to which he was elected from 
the Back Bay district of ]5oston by a large 
majority. While in tlie lowei' chamber he 
served on each of the Ct>mmittees on Rail- 
roads, Constitutional Amendments and Bien- 
nial Elections, and was the .Speaker (pro tem) 
on frequent occasions. He has large busi- 
ness interests in Boston. His winter resilience 
is located on Gloucester Street, corner of 
Beacon in that city. On an old ancestral es- 
tate of fifty acres in Billerica, Mass., is his 
summer residence, "]5ennett Hall," where the 
late Governor Greenhalge, Mayor Ouincy, of 
Boston, President Tuttle, of the Boston & 
Maine Railroad, and other distinguished men 
have been his guests. He and Mrs. Holden 
are the parents of si.\ children, namely: Anna 
Ellen, born April 2, 1872; Mary Bennett, 
born September 25, 1874; Joshua 13ennett, 
born December 20, 1876; Nathalie F" ranees, 
born February 26, 1880; Gladys I^leaiior, born 
Septen)l)er iS, 1S86; and Gwendolyn Moul- 
ton, born July 28, 1889. Mrs. Holden's 



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mother died November 18, 1S60; an(] her 
father married August 16, 1S66, Sarah A. Mc- 
Dougall, a lady of many estimable qualities. 
Mr. Muiilton died in 1894. 

In religious faith and affiliation Mr. Moul- 
ton was a Unitarian. He was one of the 
organizers of the Unitarian Society in La- 
con ia, was among the most generous contrib- 
utors to the building fund, and was the donor 
at Christmastide in 1890 of the magnificent 
memorial window in the church edifice. His 
political principles were those of sound Dem- 
ocracy. He represented the Si.xth District in 
the State Senate of 1871-82, was elected to 
the Governor's Council in 1874, and in 1876 
was a delegate to the National Democratic 
Convention, in which he was proposed as a 
Presidential Elector on the Tilden ticket. 
He was a Uniform I'atriarch of the Indepen- 
dent Order of Odd Fellows, having been a 
charter member of Winnipiseogee Lodge, 
which was established in Laconia in 1842. 
Public-spirited to a high degree, no well-con- 
ceived plan for promoting the welfare of the 
conununity was refused his aid. Enterpris- 
ing, energetic, and resourceful, he was a 
typical New England man, and he has writ- 
ten his name indelibly on the pages of the 
history of Laconia. 




;_AMUEL GROVER KELLEY, who 
owns and cultivates one of the larg- 
est farms in New Hampton, was 
born April 14, 1837, where he now resides, 
son of Jonathan Folsom and lumice T. (Goss) 
Kelley. The first ancestor of the family in 
America was Darby Kelley, a bright, ener- 
getic Irishman, who is supposed to have 
landed on one of the Isles of Shoals. But 
little is known of Darby Kelley's early life, 
e.xcept that he had been a schoolmaster in the 



old country. He found his way to Ports- 
mouth, and subsequently settled in Exeter, 
N.H., about the year 1600. 

Samuel Kelley (first), son of Darby and 
great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, 
was born in Exeter in 1733. He learned the 
carpenter's trade, which he followed until he 
was forty-two years old, and then started with 
his family to make a home in the wilderness. 
He settled upon a tract of land now within 
the limits of New Hampton, A courageous 
and persevering man, by the aid of his gun 
and traps he furnished food for his family, 
until he had cleared and cropped a piece of 
ground. The work of improvement continued 
until he possessed a good farm, with substan- 
tial buildings. Public-spirited to a high de- 
gree, he built the first meeting house in New 
Hampton. This building, which was used as 
a place of worship, a town house, and for all 
public gatherings, remained just as he left it 
until 1875, when it was remodelled. Nearly 
the entire township of New Hampton was 
owned \)y him. He died in 1774. Of the 
childern born to him and his wife he reared 
ten; namely, Betsey Bowdoin, Samuel, John, 
Nathaniel, Sarah, William B., Jonathan, 
Dudley, Martha, and Michael B. Betsey 
Bowdoin Kelley, born March 6, 1757, married 
Thomas Simpson, and died October 30, 1829; 
Nathaniel married Betsey Pitman; Sarah mar- 
ried J. P. Smith, and he died in 1840; Will- 
iam B. was born in 1769, wedded Mary Smith, 
and died February 23, 1S25; Jonathan fol- 
lowed the sea; Dudley moved to Youngstown, 
Pa. ; and Martha became the wife of Samuel 
Page, and died in Steubenville, Ohio. 

Samuel Kelley (second), grandfather of 
Samuel G., born in Brentwood, N. H., Febru- 
ary 12, 1759, received a share of his father's 
property, and passed the most of his life in 
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gail Roberts, who was born in Meredith, 
N.II., June 5, 176J. To each of his children 
as they attained maturity he gave a farm, 
Micliael B. and Jonathan F. receiving the 
homestead. He died February 20, 1832, and 
his wife died October 15, 1846. Jonathan 
l-"olsom Kelley, father of Samuel G. , was 
born in New Hampton, May 13, 1802. He 
succeeded with his brother, Michael B. , to his 
father's farm, and the active period of his life 
was spent in its cultivation. In politics he 
was originally a Democrat. Later he was a 
Free Soiler; and he joined the Republican 
movement at its formation. He married for 
his second wife, Eunice T. Goss, who was 
born I'^ebruary 22, 18 10, daughter of John 
Goss, of Brentwood. She became the mother 
of five children, four of whom grew to matur- 
ity; namely, Lucy E., Samuel G., Abigail, 
and Sophia M. Lucy E. married for her first 
husband Samuel L. Pattee, of Alexandria, 
N. H. ; for her second, Obidiah Eastman, of 
Sanbornton; and for her third, John Flanders, 
of New Hampton, where she now resides. 
Abigail became the wife of George Bean. 
Both parents attend the Free Baptist church. 

Samuel Grover Kelley acquired his educa- 
tion in the district school and at the New 
Hampton Literary Institute. He has enlarged 
the original farm left to him by his father, 
from one hundred acres to two hundred and 
fifty. Cultivating about sixty acres, he raises 
an average of sixty tons of hay annually. Be- 
sides this he winters twelve cows, and fur- 
nishes the creamery with a large quantity of 
milk. On January 13, 1874, he married 
Sarah E. Shaw, daughter of Samuel Shaw, of 
Chichester, N.H. They have one daughter, 
Sadie M., who is now the wife of Milo L. 
Pike, of New Hampton. In politics Mr. 
Kelley is a Republican. He served on the 
Board of Selectmen for four years. 



irXl'.ACON WINTHROP S. ME- 
l^r~| SERVl'^, a progressive agriculturist 
( — y^^y of Durham, was born here, I-'ehru- 
ary 7, 1838, son of Smith and Abigail 
(I'^merson) Meserve. His father was born and 
reared on a farm in Dover, where, when a 
young man, he was employed for some years as 
a clerk in a store. About the year 1830 
Smith Meserve engaged in farming, the occu- 
pation to which he was bred, coming to Dur- 
ham, and locating on a farm soon after his 
marriage. Two years later he removed to the 
farm now owned and occupietl by his son, 
Winthrop S. Meserve, who is the only child 
born of his marriage with Abigail lunerson. 
This homestead formerly belonged to Jiis 
wife's family, it having been purchased by one 
of her paternal ancestors, Cai)tain Emerson, 
in 1718. It subsequently descended to her 
father, of whose family but one member is 
now living. This is ICben T. lunerson, who 
was born on this farm in 182S, and is now 
making his home with Deacon Meserve. 
Smith Meserve died in August, 1842. His 
widow lived until June 3, 1886. 

Winthrop S. Meserve acquired the rudi- 
ments of his education in the district schools, 
after which he pursued the more advanced 
courses of the academies of Durham, Berwick, 
and Hampton. At the age of eighteen years 
he assumed the management of the farni, 
which he has since inherited, anil on which 
the greater part of his life has been spent. it 
is situated on the okl road running between 
Durham and Matlbury, four miles north-west 
of Dover, and contains one iumilred acres of 
good land. In bringing this farm to its pres- 
ent high state of cultivation, Mr. Meserve has 
labored with untiring energy and steadfastness 
of purjiose. He carries on general farming 
and dairying, and he has been very successful. 
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cxccllfiit jiulfjmcnt in all matters pertaining 
to public or private interests. He has served 
with credit to himself, and to the satisfaction 
of all concerned in several public capacities, 
being elected thereto on the Democratic 
ticket, which he invariably supports. The 
hitter occasions were notable, as the county is 
a Republican stronghold, and especially not- 
able were his elections in 1891 and 1892 to 
the office of County Commissioner. He has 
been Highway Surveyor, Selectman for two 
years. Overseer of the Poor for three years, 
and he has been Justice of the Peace since 
1892. 

Mr. Meserve was united in marriage No- 
vember 30, i86[, to Miss Eliza A. Tuttle, a 
native of Dover, and a daughter of Thomas 
and Hope (Twombly) Tuttle. Deacon and 
Mrs. Meserve are the parents of two children, 
one of whom, Caroline E., died in infancy. 
The other child, Andrew K., resides in the 
village of Durham. Mr. Meserve is an active 
and valued member of the Congregational 
church of Durham. He has been a Deacon of 
the society since April, 1877. He was the 
clerk of the church for twenty-six years, and 
he was the clerk of the parish for more than a 
score of years. 



/IXk 



ARDNER COOK, the senior partner 
y^l of G. Cook & Son, a prosperous lum- 
ber firm of Laconia, has the distinc- 
tion of having cut the first stick of timber 
used in the now far-famed Laconia Car Works. 
He was born at Beach Hill in Campton town- 
ship, Grafton County, August 23, 1824, a son 
of Jacob and Relief (Merrill) Cook. His 
great-grandfather, Samuel Cook, moved from 
Newburyport, Mass., to Campton. Ephraim 
Cook, the grandfather, born in 1765, was a 
native and a lifelong resident of Campton, a 
well-to-do farmer and a prominent member of 



the Orthodox church. One of his sons, 
Moses, was a General in the State militia. 
Jacob, Gardner Cook's father, was also born 
in Campton. He was a farmer and a miller, 
was engaged principally in grinding grain, and 
died in Gilmanton, N. H., at the age of 
seventy-one. Of his children — six boys and 
five girls ^ five are now living. 

Gardner Cook acquired his education in the 
common schools of Campton. He afterward 
worked for about two years and a half in a 
bleachery in Lowell, Mass., and then spent 
about a year in his native town. In March, 
1849, he found work in what is now known as 
the Laconia Car Shops, then just opened, and, 
as stated above, cut the first stick of timber 
used there. Nine months later he left to 
take charge of the Whitcher pail factory. 
Ambitious and enterprising, he regarded no 
position as permanent, but was steadily look- 
ing forwartl to bettering himself. In 1S52 he 
formed a copartnership with W. H. I.eavitt, 
and started in the lumber business, under the 
firm nSme of Leavitt & Cook. The venture 
prospered, and the partnership lasted thirteen 
years. Mr. Cook subsequently purchased Mr. 
Leavitt's share in the business, and eventually 
took his son, Addison G. , into partnership, 
on which occasion the present firm name was 
adopted. 

Mr. Cook has connection with other im- 
portant enterprises. He is a stockholder in 
the Laconia & Lake Village Water Works; a 
Director in the Laconia Electric Lighting 
Company; a Director in the People's National 
Bank ot this city; a Trustee of the Laconia 
Savings Bank; and was for a time on the 
Board of Trustees of the Lakeport National 
Bank. 

In 1847 Mr. Cook was united in marriage 
with Martha Allen. They have two living 
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Cook Lumber Company of Nashua, N.U.; ami 
Addison G., the junior member of the Laconia 
firm of G. Cook & Son. Mr. Cook is a 
straight Republican and strong Protectionist. 
He cast his first Presidential vote for John P. 
Hale in 1845, 'I"'-' was an ardent supporter of 
Fremont in 1856, and of Lincoln in i860. 
In 1873-74 he served as a member of the State 
legislature, to which he was elected from Gil- 
ford, serving on the F"inance Committee and 
on the Railroad Committee. It was he who 
introduced and obtained the passage of the 
bill for the division of the town of Gilford. 
A member of Winnipiseogee Lodge, No. 7, 
I. O. O. F., of Laconia, since 1849, he has 
held all the chairs in the lodge; and he was 
a charter member of Laconia Encampment. 
He has also been a delegate to the Grand 
Lodge of New Hampshire. Mr. Cook is a 
member of the Free Baptist Society of La- 
conia, and he sang in the choir for twenty-five 
years. An able business man, he has earned 
a name for doing well all that he undertakes, 
and he is highly esteemed wherever he is 
known. 



"C^y^LiA 

VSV nent 



[LLIAM WENTWORTH, a promi- 
and well-to-do agriculturist of 
I-^armington, was born here Novem- 
ber 10, 1820, son of William Wentvvorth, Sr. 
The family, which comes of English origin, is 
one of the oldest in this section of the county. 
Mr. Wentworth's grandfather, Jonathan Went- 
worth, was a pioneer of Farmington. Jona- 
than came when there was but a little hamlet 
where since has grown a flourishing and popu- 
lous township. William Wentworth, Sr., 
was born in the house which was subsequently 
his home for the forty years of his life, and 
where he reared his children. Succeeding to 
the homestead that his parents reclaimed 
from the wilderness, he added to its improve- 



ments, and was engaged in agriculture until 
his early death. An industrious, upright, 
law-abiding citizen, he was held in much re- 
spect, and exerted a good influence in his 
community. In politics he was actively 
identified with the Democratic jiarty. He 
married Miss Huldah Husscy, who bore him 
five children, of whom three are living. 
These are: Micaijah, of Rochester; William, 
the subject of this biographical sketch; and 
Ezckiel. 

William Wentworth remained on the home- 
stead until seventeen years old, oi)taining his 
first knowledge of books in the district school, 
and being well trained to habits of honesty 
and economy by his parents. After following 
a farmer's life in this vicinity for a time, he 
went to Rochester, where he remained fifteen 
years. In this period he was first employed 
in the occupation of butcher. Then he kept a 
grocery and hardware store for three years. 
Disposing of his store, he opened a livery 
stable, which he managed about a year. The 
following seven years were spent in the coal 
and grain business. At length he returned to 
Farmington, purchased the Ricker farm, and 
there he has since resided, carrying on gen- 
eral farming and dairying with remarkable suc- 
cess. He has two hundred acres of land well 
adapted for the crops common to this part of 
New England, and keeps about thirty head of 
cattle in his fine dairy, having had at one time 
as high as one hundred head. The good judg- 
ment of the proprietor is everywhere apparent 
on the estate, which compares well, in point 
of improvements and ajipointments, witii any 
in the locality. 

Mr. Wentworth was married in April, 1848, 
to Miss Martha Demerritt, daughter of Mark 
Demerritt, and they have become the parents 
of five children. Of these two are deceased. 
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York; Ora, who lives at home; and Mattie, 
who is principal of the grammar school at 
Arlington Heights, Mass. Mr. VVentworth 
has been an adherent of the Democratic party 
since early manhood. He has always taken 
much interest in the welfare of his town and 
county, aiding and encouraging the measures 
most beneficial in his opinion to the general 
public. In the year 1842 he was a Represen- 
tative to the General Court at Concord. He 
is a veteran Mason, belonging to Motolinia 
Lod ge o f Rochester. 



OSEPH E. BERRY, a prosperous 
farmer and for many years Selectman 
of Alton, N. H., was born here, April 
26, 1830, a son of Joseph H. and Polly (Stan- 
ton) Berry. 

Joseph H. Berry was born March 20, 1794. 
He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and 
drew a bounty of one hundred and sixty acres 
of land. His father, George Berry, who lived 
and died in Strafford, then Barrington, N. H., 
was twice married. The first wife's children 
were — George, Benjamin, Susan, Isaac, and 
Joseph H. was the only child by 
He removed from Straf- 
ford in 1824. His wife Polly was the eldest 
daughter of William .Stanton, who had seven 
other children. The Stanton family record is 
as follows: Ezra, born August 31, 1792; 
Polly (Mrs. Berry), born September 7, 1794; 
Sally, born July 15, 1796; Nicholas, born 
December 9, 1798; Ephraim, born November 
20, 1800; Ezekiel, born February 15, 1803; 
Tamson, born February 2, 1806; Betsey, born 
October ti, 1810. Joseph H. and Polly 
Berry had three children; namely, Sarah, 
Louisa A., and Joseph E. The father died in 
1873. aged seventy-nine, and the mother in 
1870, aged seventy-si.\. Sarah, their eldest 



Abigail 

the second marriage 



child, died when four years old. Louisa A. 
Berry has taught school for several years. 

After first attending the district schools, 
Joseph E. Berry took up some of the higher 
branches of study at Gilmanton Academy, and 
also at Tilton Seminary, which he attended 
one term. When he had finished his school- 
ing, at about twenty-one years of age, he 
joined his father in carrying on the farm, hav- 
ing previously assisted between the sessions of 
school. He now owns the original farm and 
seventy acres additional. F"rom i860 to 1866 
inclusive, with the exception of the year 1863, 
he was on the Alton Board of Selectmen, 
which during those years was obliged to do 
much extra work on account of the demands of 
the war, and he and Amos L. Rollins were 
members of the board when the town raised 
their war debt. He is a stanch Republican, 
as was his father. 

On October 26, 1853, Mr. Berry married 
Miss Mary E. Huckins, daughter of John D. 
Huckins, of Alton. She was born in Mad- 
bury, • Strafford County, N. H., where her 
parents resided until their removal to Alton in 
1837. She had two brothers and two sisters; 
namely, Lucy C. , Hannah, Andrew, and John 
I. Huckins. Lucy is married to Durrell S. 
Chamberlain ; Hannah is the wife of Dr. 
Rufus Pearle, of Milton, N. H. ; Andrew (de- 
ceased) lived in Alton; John I. resides in 
Farmington, N. H. Joseph E. and Mary 
Berry have but one child living, a son, Will- 
iam H. Their only daughter, Mary Ellen, 
died when seven years old. 

After acquiring a district school education, 
William H. Berry learned the trade of a 
blacksmith and wheelwright, serving a two 
years' apprenticeship with Asa Garland, of 
North Barnstead. He then began blacksmith- 
ing on his own account in Alton, also working 
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business. He has been a Selectman of 
Alton three years, and is otherwise actively 
interested in town matters. Upon the organ- 
ization of the North Barnstead Grange, Patrons 
of Husbandry, he was chosen Master, and con- 
tinues to be a member. He is married to 
Martha A. Garland, a daughter of Asa Gar- 
land, of whom he learned his trade. She was 
graduated from New Hampton Institution, and 
taught several years. Mr. and Mrs. William 
H, lierry have two children ; namely, Mary 
Gertrude and Philip Ray. 




(s)^ I S. ANNIS, M.D., a successful 
medical practitioner of Rochester, 
was born in Littleton, N.H., De- 
cember 29, 1856, son of Amasa S. and Mercy 
W. (Palmer) Annis, his father being a farmer 
and laborer by occupation. When the subject 
of this sketch was quite young, his parents 
took him to Manchester, N. H., where he spent 
some years of his early life, attending the 
common and high schools. Later he was 
graduated from the Peterboro High School, 
after which he returned to Manchester and 
clerked for two years in a clothing store. He 
next entered the New Hampshire Conference 
Seminary and Female College at Tilton, 
where he remained three years. Subse- 
quently, he began teaching in Jaffrey, Chesh- 
ire County, and was later thus occupied two 
years in the Conant High School, two years 
in the high school in Peterboro, and five years 
at Harvard, Mass., being principal of the 
different schools. He then entered the Boston 
University School of Medicine, where he 
studied for a year, doing the regular work of 
two years in one. On leaving the University, 
he entered Hahnemann Medical College, in 
Chicago, 111. Still later he spent two years 
in a Chicago hospital, and received his Medi- 



cal Degree in 1891. The following three 
years he practised his ])rofession in Chicago, 
coming to Rochester in 1894. 

Dr. Annis was married October 9, 1889, to 
Miss Lucy M. Walbridge, daughter of the 
Rev. William H Walbridge, of Peterboro. 
He has two children — Burnham Walbridge 
and Jennette Kmily. 

Dr. Annis is a member of Harvard Lodge, 
No. 60, I. O. O. F., of Harvard, Mass. ; the 
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts; Union l".n- 
campment of Peterboro; Humane Lodge, No. 
21, A. F. & A. M. ; the Mount Aaratt Senate, 
No. 603, Knights of Ancient Essenic Order; 
and the Chicago Medical Society. He and 
his wife are members of the Unitarian church. 




LLSWORTH H. ROLLINS, who is e.x- 
tensively engaged in lumbering along 
Lake Winnepesaukee, and is one of 
the most prominent young business men of 
Alton, was born in this town, October 26, 
1S61, son of Enos G. and Adeline (Piper) 
Rollins. His paternal great-grandfather was' 
one of the earliest settlers of Alton, and Jere- 
miah, the father of Enos G., lived and died 
here. Both the great-grandfather and grand- 
father followed the occupation of a farmer, 
luios G. was also engaged in agriculture; but 
in addition he did a fair-sized business in 
lumbering for some years. He is now retired, 
and makes his home with his son, Ellsworth H. 
By his first wife, Adeline, who died in 1885, 
he was the father of three other children; 
namely, Charles P., Carrie B. , and George W. 
Charles went to Michigan, where he is a 
farmer, is married, and has children. Carrie 
B., now residing in Alton, married Frank H. 
Carpenter, who is in the painting business. 
George W. is married and engaged in farming 
in Alton. On December 24, 1S86, the father 



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contracted a second marriage with Miss Lois 
Chase, daughter of Nathaniel Chase, of Alton. 
No children were born of this marriage. 

After attending the district schools of 
Alton, Ellsworth H. Rollins was for a few 
terms a student of Wolfboro Academy. He 
subsequently worked at farming with his 
father until the spring of 1884, when he pur- 
chased the steamer "Mayflower." This he 
ran successfully for several years, doing 
freighting and general work on Lake Winne- 
l)esaukee. In the spring of 1889, he pur- 
chased a half- interest in a livery business with 
V. P. Mobbs at Wolfboro. A year later he 
engaged in the lumber business with Ches- 
ter Twombley, under the firm name of 
Twombley & Rollins. He has also devoted 
considerable time to buying and selling 
horses, making his purchases chiefly in the 
West and in Canada. In the fall of 1891, he 
took charge of the Savage Hotel, and con- 
ducted it for a year, but retaining his interest 
in the lumber business. He has given his 
time almost exclusively to it during the past 
few years. Early in December, 1896, he 
completed the erection of a new residence, two 
and one-half stories in height, and supplied 
with furnace heat and other modern con- 
veniences. 

The Republican party has in Mr. Rollins 
an indefatigable worker, and the town of 
Alton one who is devoted to her interests. In 
the spring of 1891, he was elected Selectman; 
and he was re-elected in 1892 and again in 
1893. In 1892 he was elected to the State 
legislature from Alton, and served two years. 
He is now a member of the State Central Re- 
publican Committee, and Chairman of the 
Republican Executive Committee in Alton. 
During the past five years he has served as a 
delegate to State, County, and Senatorial 
Conventions. He is both a Justice of the 



Peace and Justice of Quorum. He belongs to 
the Masonic fraternity, having membership 
in Royal Arch Chapter, of Farmingtoii, and 
to the Knights of Pythias of Alton. The 
future holds for few persons brighter prospects 
than for Mr. Rollins, who is well deserving of 
all the recognition he has received from his 
townsmen. 




ILLIAM WATERHOUSE, M.D. 
one of the oldest jjhysicians in 
Strafford County, having been born 
August 28, 1 816, over eighty years ago, is still 
engaged in active practice in Harrington, his 
native town. His parents were Jeremiah and 
Susan (Twombley) Waterhouse. 

John Waterhouse, his great-grandfather, 
said to have been an Englishman by birth, was 
the first of the family to come to Barrington, 
settling near Green Hill, on the place now 
owned by Irving Locke. Jeremiah Water- 
house, son of Timothy, and grandson of John, 
spent his life in Barrington. He was the 
father'of six children, namely: Timothy, who 
died when fourteen years of age; Maria, who 
died at eight years of age; Alexander; Will- 
iam; Jeremiah, whose death occurred in 1890; 
and William, of this sketch. 

William Waterhouse laid the foundation of 
his education in the district school and at 
Strafford Academy. He then entered the of- 
fice of Dr. Jefferson Smith, of Dover, with 
whom he read medicine one year. Following 
that, he studied for a year at Dartmouth Col- 
lege, and subsequently at the University of 
the city of New York, Medical Department, 
where he was graduated in 1842. Returning 
to Barrington, he engaged in practice here for 
ten years; in 1852 he went to Farmington, 
where he remained a year; and from there he 
went to Tewksbury, Mass., in the last named 
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intendent of the State Almshouse for two years 
and a half. From Tewksbury he went to Hos- 
ton and attended a course of lectures in that 
city, and in 1S57 he again came to Barrington, 
where he has now practised for forty years. 
On February 26, 1849, he married Miss 
Martha W. Buzzell, of Barrington. Tliey 
have no children. 

Dr. Waterhouse is a stanch Republican in 
jjolitics. He voted for William Henry Harri- 
son for President in 1S40, and for Benjamin 
Harrison in 1888. For eight years the doctor 
has been Superintendent of the Barrington 
schools. He served as Town Clerk five years, 
and has been Justice of the Peace over forty 
years. He is a member of the Strafford Dis- 
trict Medical Society; also of the New Hamp- 
shire State Medical Society. Dr. Waterhouse 
attends the Congregational church, toward 
whose support he is a liberal contributor. 



(ffjYOHN DOW, a prosperous farmer of 
Barnstead, was born here, July 11, 
1825, son of Timothy and Mary (Hodg- 
don) Dow. His grandfather, Simon Dow, 
came to Barnstead from Durham and cleared 
quite a large piece of land, making a good 
farm for himself and his descendants. Simon 
Dow's si.\ children were: Jeremiah, Timothy, 
John O., Betsey, Hannah, and Margarette. 
Timothy Dow, who was a well-to-do farmer 
and an influential man of affairs, held many 
offices of trust. In the State militia he held 
a commission for twenty-four years, and rose 
to the rank of Major-general. He was a 
strong Democrat, and was much interested in 
civil and military matters. His children 
were: Charles Hodgdon, Pamelia, and John. 
The first of these is the subject of another 
sketch, wherein may be found fuller details 
concerning the family and its connections. 



John Dow, the youngest of his parents' chil- 
dren, attended the district schools of his 
native town for the usual period of his boy- 
hood. After finishing his schooling, he went 
to Roxbury, Mass., and there worked with his 
brother Charles at brick-making for a few 
years. Then he returned home and took uj) 
farming in company with his father. He has 
since resided on the home farm, which subse- 
quently became his b)' inheritance. He has 
carried on the farm most successfully, and has 
made extensive additions to the place. For 
seven years he was Selectman of the town, 
being Chairman of the Board for four years of 
that period. In 1863-64 he was in the State 
legislature; and while there he was on the 
Committee on Insane Asylum Bu.sincss. He 
has been Auditor and Supervisor, and has held 
other minor offices. A prominent Democrat 
of the town, he is actively interested in polit- 
ical matters. The high estimation in which 
he is held is attested by his wide circle of 
friends and his popularity with all. 

Mr. Dow was married December 30, 1849, 
to Mary J., daughter of John Lang, who was 
a son of William Lang. Mr. and Mrs. Dow 
have had three children — John C. , I'red, and 
George W. When he was eighteen years of 
age, John C. went to Boston, Mass., where he 
was employed by William H. Dow, a manu- 
facturer of fertilizers. After the death of his 
employer, he succeeded to the business, and 
his brother Fred joined in jiartnership with 
him. They built up an extensive trade in 
Cambridge and Medford, Mass., manufactur- 
ing phosphates, fertilizers, and the like. In 
1894, Fred, whose health had become im- 
paired, went to several places in the hope of 
restoring it, and seemed to improve somewhat 
at Colorado Springs. He spent a summer at 
the mountains ; but he failed again, and died 
in March, 1896, aged thirty-six. He left a 



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widow ami one son, Frank R. John C. now 
carries on the business. He is married and 
has one child, I'" red II. George, the tliird son 
of John Dow, works with his father, is Post- 
master of North Barnstead, and a prominent 
member of the grange. He married Edith 
M., daughter of Horatio H. Shackford, who 
was a son of .Seth Shackford. Mr. and Mrs. 
George Dow have had two children — William 
H. and Mary E. William H. died some time 
ago. 



tLBERT GALLATIN FOLSOM has 
been President of the Laconia Savings 
^__^ Bank for over a quarter of a century. 
President of the People's National Bank since 
its incorporation in May, 1889, and is the old- 
est Odd Fellow in Laconia. He was born 
October 12, 18 16, son of Jonathan and Sarah 
(Rowe) Folsom, and comes of an old New 
Hampshire family. 

Jonathan Folsom was born in Dover, N. H., 
but settled at Meredith Bridge, now Laconia. 
He was a carpenter by trade, and was also a 
farmer. Opening a wayside inn on Pleasant 
Street as early as 181 3, he successfully man- 
aged it for a number of years. The house is 
now the residence of Mrs. Atkinson. He 
owned the land as far as the depot on Main 
Street and Pleasant Street, which then consti- 
tuted part of the old Providence road. He 
was a popular and prominent citizen and repre- 
sented the district in the State legislature in 
1832. He was a member of the North Congre- 
gational Church. His death occurred in 1872, 
in his ninety-fourth year. He and his wife, 
who was a daughter of a Mr. Rowe, of Gilford, 
N.H., were the parents of eleven children. 

Albert Gallatin Folsom is the only survivor 
of the family. He was born in the Pleasant 
Street home, and was educated in the common 
schools of Meredith Bridge, as Laconia was 



then called. As a boy he was continually ail- 
ing, and was not able to attend school regu- 
larly. When he was about eleven years old, 
he went to Portsmouth, his parents thinking 
the change might benefit him, and there he was 
engaged for some time in the store kept by his 
brother, Josiah Gilman P'olsom. Commercial 
life seemed to suit him and bring out his latent 
energies, and his brother eventually went 
West, leaving him in charge of the store. In 
1836 he returned to Laconia, and entered the 
employ of James Mulineau.x as clerk in a coun- 
try store on Mill Street; and three years later 
he purchased Mr. Mulineaux's interest. He 
had sole charge of the business for some time, 
and then, admitting Mr. George F. Bosher as 
partner, established the firm of P"olsom & 
Bosher. In 1857 he purchased and moved into 
the Gove Block, and he subsequently had a 
clothing store at Sierra Gordo Place. In 
i860 the partnership with Mr. ]3osher was dis- 
solved, and in 1861 Mayor Smith became his 
partner, the firm becoming Folsom & Smith. 
Eight years later Mr. P"olsom sold his share in 
the business to Mr. Smith. 

As a business man Mr. Folsom's methods 
are sagacious and prudent, and he has the con- 
fidence of all with whom he has dealings. He 
has long been identified with the prosperity of 
Laconia, and many of his works will live after 
him. He built the Folsom Block in 1861, 
was associated with Mr. Smith in erecting the 
Smith Block on the opposite side of Main 
Street. He opened the Folsom Opera House 
in 1862, and he was one of the organizers of 
the Laconia Street Railroad Company. He 
sold his share in this enterprise five years ago, 
but has been again drawn into connection with 
it, having been elected President of the corpo- 
ration in January, 1896. He has been identi- 
fied with the Laconia Savings Bank nearly 
sixty years, becoming a member of the board 




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of trustees about i(S4i. He was elected Presi- 
deut of this bank in 1S71, and has been a 
member of the investment committee since that 
year. Mr. Folsom has a farm of seventy acres, 
which he finds pleasure in superintending. 

He has been twice married. His first wife, 
who was Olive B. Robinson, of Gilford, N. H., 
bore him four children, one of whom is living, 
a daughter, now the wife of Mayor S. B. 
Smith. Mr.. Folsom's second wife was, before 
marriage, Miss Imogene F. Harris, of Fran- 
conia. She, also, has one daughter, Alberta, 
twelve years of age. 

Mr. Folsom is actively interested in politics 
as a Republican. He has taken thirty-two de- 
grees in Masonry, and belongs to Mount 
Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, F. & A. M., Union 
Chapter, R. A. M., No. 7, Pilgrim Command- 
ery, K. T. , and Edward A. Raymond Consis- 
tory at Nashua. As an Odd Fellow he has 
held all the chairs in Winnipiseogee Lodge 
No. 7, of Laconia, and belongs to Laconia En- 
campment, No. 9. Mr. Folsom was the last 
Captain of the Winnipiseogee Guards, an inde- 
pendent militia company that was quite noted 
in its day. He was ensign in the State militia 
and was commissioned Captain in the Twenty- 
ninth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, 
by Governor Page in 1841. In religious belief 
he is a Congregationalist. Though in poor 
health until he was twenty years old, he is now 
remarkably well and appears much younger 
than he actually is. 




ILLIAM W. CUSHMAN, the 
Chairman of the Board of County 
Commissioners of Strafford County, 
and the proprietor of an extensive livery busi- 
ness in Dover, was born February 26, 1841, 
in the town of Avon, Franklin County, Me., 
son of William C. and Sarah (Rollins) Cush- 



man. His fatiicr, wiio was bom antl reared in 
Franklin County, Maine, after his marriage 
settled on a farm in Avon, and there was en- 
gaged in agriculture until his demise, which 
occurred January 5, 1890, at the age of 
seventy-four years. In his political affilia- 
tions William C. Cushman was a strong Re- 
publican, and took an active part in the organ- 
ization of that party. He was much respected 
in the community for his integrity, and was 
one of the foremost members of the Universal- 
ist church of that locality. His wife, Sarah, 
also a native of Franklin County, and an es- 
teemed member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, is still living on the old homestead in 
Avon, an active and intelligent woman of 
fourscore years,' scorning assistance in the per- 
formance of her daily household duties. To 
her and her husband ten children were born; 
namely, William W., James E., Jonathan, 
Mary Etta, Sarah E. , Cora, George F. , Lizzie, 
Addie, and Emma. James E. was killed at 
Morris Island. Mary Etta, Lizzie, Addie, 
and George F., are also deceased. 

William W. Cushman attended the common 
schools of his native town for the usual period. 
When si.xteen years of age he went to West- 
boro, Mass., where he was employed for a time 
as a milk inspector, and in shipping milk from 
there to Boston. On June 29, 1861, he en- 
listed in Company K, Thirteenth Massachu- 
setts Volunteer Infantry, for service in the 
Civil War, and with his regiment took an ac- 
tive part in the engagements at Falling 
Waters, Harper's Ferry, and the second battle 
of Bull Run, at the latter place being wounded 
in the left shoulder by a minic ball. The 
wound obliged him to spend the ne.xt four 
months in the hospitals of Bclleview, N.Y., 
and Newark, N.J. In the latter city he was 
subsequently discharged from the service, his 
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upon he went directly to New York City, 
wlicre he stayed until December of that year 
(1863), employed as street car conductor. 
Returning then to the old homestead, he spent 
the winter in his native State. In F"cbruary, 
1S64, he enlisted in Company E, Thirty- 
second Maine Volunteer Infantry, with which 
he took part in the battles of the Wilderness, 
the engagements at Spottsylvania Court-house, 
Cold Harbor, and of the North Anna River. 
He was then transferred to the invalid corps, 
and sent to Augusta, Me., where, at the close 
of the war, he received his honorable dis- 
charge. Throughout the following year Mr. 
Cushman was unable to work, and resided 
with his parents. In the spring of 1866 he 
went again to Westboro, Mass., and for a time 
worked in a straw factory. From there he 
went to Worcester, in the same State, where 
he spent a year engaged in the grocery busi- 
ness. Disposing of his store at an advantage, 
he ne.xt embarked in the life insurance busi- 
ness, locating in Rutland, Vt. , and having the 
agency for that State for three years. He was 
then transferred to Portland, Me., where he 
had charge of the office in that city for a year. 
In the following year he was stationed at 
J?iddeford, Me., having charge of the State 
agency. He was then sent to Middlesex 
County, Massachusetts, as agent for that part 
of the State, and for two years had his head- 
quarters at Lowell. Having in the ne.xt year 
secured a situation with the Massachusetts 
Mutual Life Insurance Company, he was .sent 
to Dover, where he afterward held the agency 
for Strafford County for five years. At the 
end of that time he established his present 
livery business, in which he has met with ex- 
cellent success. 

Mr. Cushman married September i, 1867, 
Miss Laura E. Keyes, of East Wilton, Me., 
who died December 17, 1888, leaving no chil- 



dren. On March 4, i 890, he contracted a sec- 
ond marriage with Miss Emma E. McDuffee, 
of Dover, who has borne him one child, Ger- 
trude E. Politically, Mr. Cushman is one of 
the most earnest and active workers of the Re- 
publican [larty. During the year 1882 he was 
President of the Dover Common Council, was 
a Representative to the State legislature in 
1883 and 1884, served as Alderman in 188S 
and 1889, and in 1893 was elected Chairman 
of the Board of County Commissioners, a [posi- 
tion which he still holds. Socially, Mr. 
Cushman belongs to the Strafford Lodge, No. 
29, F. & A. M., of Dover; and to the Charles 
W. Sawyer Post, No. 17, G. A. R., of this 
city. Religiously, he is a member of the 
Universalist church. 




MITH F. EMERY, proprietor of the 
Moulton House, Centre Harbor, 
Belknap County, N.H., was born in 
Sandwich, this State, April i, 1836, son of 
David Stiles and Ruth S. (Norris) Emery. 
He is a lineal descendant of an early colonist, 
John Emery, who was a son of John, Sr., and 
Agnes Emery, of Ramsey Hants, England, 
and was born there, September 29, 1598. 

In company with his brother Anthony, John 
Emery sailed from South Hampton on board 
the ship "James" of London, William Cooper, 
master, April 3, 1635, ''"'^l landed in Boston, 
Mass., on June 3 of the same year. The 
Emery brothers were accompanied by their 
families. Soon after arriving in America, 
John Emery settled in Newbury, Mass., where 
he had been granted one-half of an acre of 
land for a house lot. It is recorded that on 
December 22, 1637, John Emery was fined 
twenty shillings for enclosing ground not laid 
out or owned by the town, but on February i, 
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the enclosed tract. He was made a freeman 
in 1641, and recorded as one of the ninety-one 
freeholders of the town on December 2, 1642. 
He was a Selectman in 1661, Fence Viewer in 
1666, a Grand Juror in the same year, and 
Trial Juror in 1672, and was appointed to 
carry the town vote to Salem in 1676. His 
first wife, Mary, whom he married in England, 
and whose maiden name is unknown, died in 
Newbury early in 1649. In 1650 he was 
again married to Mrs. Mary Shatswell Web- 
ster, widow of John Webster, of Ipswich, 
Mass. John Emery died in Newbury, Novem- 
ber 3, 1683; and his second wife, sur\iving 
him, died April 28, 1694. 

His son Jonathan, born in 1652, was pressed 
into service during King Philip's War, leav- 
ing Newbury on December 3, 1675, and was 
present on December 19 at the Narragansett 
fight, where he was wounded in the shoulder. 
He died in Newbury, September 29, 1723. 
On November 29, 1676, he married Mary, 
daughter of Edward Woodman. She died 
September 13, 1723. Stephen Emery (first), 
son of Jonathan, married Lydia Jackman on 
February 25, 171 5. His will, which was 
made October 5, 1761, was proved June 21, 
1762. Stephen Emery (second) was a soldier 
in Captain Israel Gerrish's company, which 
served in the expedition against Canada, and 
he died soon after his return in 175S. In Oc- 
tober, 1743, he married Deliverance Stiles, 
who was born in Boxford, Mass., February 21, 
1723, daughter of John and Eleanor (Pearl) 
Stiles, and it is supposed that his son David, 
who was baptized in July, 1744, was the great- 
grandfather of Smith F. Emery. 

David Stiles Emery lived in Moultonboro, 
N.H. It is thought that he went there from 
Salisbury, N.H., or Massachusetts, and that he 
was the son of Stephen Emery (second) above 
mentioned. He was married, and had several 



children. His son Othniel, grandfather of 
Smith !•'., was a resident of Moultcinhoro. 
The maiden name of his wife was Meloon, and 
their children were: Sally, Charlotte, Re- 
becca, Nathaniel, Samuel M., Moses M., 
David S., Albert M., and Alpheus. 

David S. Emery, Smith F. limery's father, 
was born in Moultonboro, August 28, 1S03. 
After serving the customary term of appren- 
ticeship at the blacksmith's trade, he engaged 
in business upon his own account in his na- 
tive town, and later removed to Sandwich, 
N.H., where he plied his calling for some 
years. About the year 1840 he removed to 
Centre Harbor, and continued active until his 
death. He took a great interest in military 
affairs, and as Captain in the State militia he 
was regarded as a most capable and efficient 
ofificer. In politics he was a Democrat. His 
wife, Ruth S. Norris, whom he married Octo- 
ber 23, 1827, was a daughter of Stephen Nor- 
ris, of Meredith, N.H. She became the 
mother of four children, and of these two 
lived to maturity, namely: Sarah L., wife of 
William A. Page, M.D., of Centre Harbor; 
and Smith F., the subject of this sketch. Mr. 
and Mrs. David S. Emery were members of 
the Congregational church. 

Smith F. Emery was four years old when 
his parents took up their residence in Centre 
Harbor, and he was educated in the pulilic 
school of this town. When a young man he 
learned the shoemaker's trade, which he fol- 
lowed as a journeyman for four years, and dur- 
ing the succeeding two years he was engaged 
in manufacturing shoes in Centre Harbor 
upon his own account. Since i860 he has 
been proprietor of the Moulton House, which 
is the oldest hotel at the Harbor. The origi- 
nal house, however, was taken down, and the 
present one built on the same spot. 

The Moulton has ample accommodations for 



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sixty guests, and during the summer season it 
entertains from five hundred to six hundred 
tourists. In connection with the house Mr. 
Kmcry carries on a farm of fifty acres, twenty 
acres of which is devoted to the raising of veg- 
etables for the supply of his table. He also 
conducts a profitable business as an insurance 
broker, and is agent for the Massachusetts 
Mutual Life Insurance Company in New 
Hampshire. Politically, he is a Republican. 
He has served as Town Treasurer two years, 
was a member of the Board of Selectmen for 
the same length of time, has been Tax Col- 
lector, and is now Chairman of the Board of 
Supervisors. 

On January 24, i860, Mr. Emery married 
Susan H. Moulton, a representative of the old 
family of that name, whose ancestors were 
among the earliest settlers in this county. 
She is a daughter of Colonel John H. and 
Susan S. (Porter) Moulton, the former of 
whom was in his day one of the most promi- 
nent residents of Centre Harbor. 

Mrs. Emery's great-grandfather was General 
Jonathan Moulton, who commanded an expedi- 
tion sent out from Dover, N. H., against the 
Indians, whom they met at Clark's , Landing. 
In the skirmish that ensued all of the savages 
were killed except one, who while making his 
escape up the lake on the ice, was pursued, it 
is said, and killed by the General's dog. 
Mrs. Emery's grandfather was Benning Moul- 
ton, a resident of Centre Harbor, and her 
father, John Hale Moulton, was born in this 
town in 1795. In early life he was engaged 
in trade, and later became proprietor of the 
Moulton House, which he carried on for twelve 
years. He was a Democrat in politics, and 
served as a Selectman, Town Treasurer, and 
Representative to the legislature for a number 
of years. He was also Sheriff of Belknap 
County, a Justice of the Peace, and a Colonel 



in the State militia. His wife, Susan S. 
Porter was a daughter of tiic Rev. Huntington 
Porter, a Congregational minister. 

Mr. and Mrs. Emery have had three chil- 
dren; namely, John H., Caroline P., and 
Alice H. John H. and Alice H. are no longer 
living; and Caroline P. is the wife of Walter 
F. Hill, now living in West Somerville, 
Mass. Mr. Emery is a Past Master of 
Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M., of Meredith, 
N.H.; and is connected with Winnepesaukee 
Tribe of Red Men. Mr. and Mrs. Emery are 
members of the Congregational church. 




l.^aRESTON B." young, M.D., who 
is actively engaged in the practice of 

- medicine at Farmington, N.H., was 

born in this town, June i, 1858, a son of Jon- 
athan Young. He is of English ancestry, and 
the descendant of a pioneer family of Strafford 
County, his paternal grandfather, Benjamin 
Young, having been born in the town of 
Strafford, where his father, also named Ben- 
jamin, was an early settler. 

Jonathan Young passed the first years of 
his life in Strafford. When he was seven 
years old his father purchased land in Farm- 
ington, where he was reared to agricultural 
pursuits. After his father died he retained 
the home place by paying off the other heirs, 
and continued to carry on the various branches 
of farming with skill and success. He was a 
Democrat in politics, and, though caring little 
for public office, served as Surveyor a number 
of years, and for many years as school agent, a 
position in which he took great interest, and 
by securing college-taught teachers gained 
for his district the name of having the best 
district school in Farmington. The closing 
years of his life were spent at East Rochester, 
this county, where his death occurred Decern- 



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bur 14, 1895. He married Miss Hannah S. 
VValilron, of Rocticster, and iiad seven chil- 
dren, four of whom arc now living, namely: 
Lizzie M., wife of Samuel Forsaith, of East 
Rochester; I'^Uen M. ; John, a physician in 
Dover; and I'reston 15., the special subject of 
this sketch. 

Preston ]?. Young laid a substantial founda- 
tion for his future education in the common 
schools of Farmington, this being supple- 
mented by a course of study at Austin Acad- 
emy in Strafiford, after which he taught a 
dozen or more terms of school. Then, with a 
view of bettering his condition in life, he be- 
came a student at Eastman's National Busi- 
ness College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

After graduating at Eastman's, he taught 
commercial school a while in Biddeford, Me. 
Not yet being satisfied, and desiring then to 
fit himself for a professional career, he entered 
the University Medical College of New York 
City, where he was graduated in 1SS8. Dr. 
Young then opened an office in Berwick, Me., 
where he remained for si.\ years. In 1894 he 
came to Farmington, settling here in the 
month of August, and has since had a fair 
share of the practice of this locality, his suc- 
cess in his profession having been assured 
from the outstart. 

Dr. Young was married September 14, 
1895, to Miss Jennie C, daughter of Hiram 
Clark, of Berwick, Me. They have one 
child, John W. C. Young. While practising 
in Berwick, the doctor served as a member of 
the Board of Health for five years. He is a 
Republican in politics, and takes an active in- 
terest in local affairs. He is also identified 
by membership with several of the fraternal 
societies of Berwick, belonging to Echo 
Lodge, No. 52, I. O. O. F., in which he has 
filled the principal chairs; to the Grand 
Lodge of the State of Maine; and to Rath- 



bone Lodge, No. 69, K. of P., of wiiich lie is 
I'ast Chancellor. 




IJiRIDGE G. CLOUGH, an ardent and 
jmpular Democratic politician of 
Gilmanton, N.IL, where he runs a 
stage between that town and Alton, was born 
in Gilmanton in the month of January, 1852. 
He is the son of John P. and Tamson Hayes 
VVinkley Clough. Simon Clough, his great- 
great-grandfather, was one of the earliest set- 
tlers of the town of Gilmanton, arriving there 
from Seabrook, N.H., in the year 1775. Like 
our subject, his great-great-grandson, to whom 
perhaps he may have bequeathed this strain in 
his blood, Simon Clough seems to have had a 
strong predilection for politics, and to have 
taken a keen and active interest in the great 
public issues of his times. He was one of 
the one hundred and fifteen signers in the 
State of New Hampshire to the celebrated 
"Test Act," passed by the American Con- 
gress, April 12, 1776, and submitted to the 
people of each of the thirteen original States 
for their signatures. He enlisted in the Rev- 
olutionary War, and was one of the seven men 
from Gilmanton that were killed in it. He 
was one of a company of thirty-five minute- 
men, commanded by Captain Nathaniel Wil- 
son, who served under General John Stark, of 
New Ham[jshire,